Tomas Tranströmer, the beloved Swedish poet and Nobel laureate, has passed away at age 83. Tranströmer was notable for the economy of his work, its quiet optimism, and the insights it brought from the poet’s long career as an industrial psychologist....more
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For a poet as anthologized as Elizabeth Bishop, it’s fair to say there’s a certain lack of serious criticism—or perhaps, critics thinking seriously—about her work, compared to the Modernists against whose influence she was writing. Eavan Boland reviews a new volume by Colm Tóibín that aims to begin closing the gulf....more
The Internet is no longer a magical, shiny new gizmo, but just another tool in the artist’s box. For poets like Steve Zultanski and Vanessa Place, their poetry begins with the web, but that tangential relationship recedes away from the final form....more
The greatest problem for Sappho studies is that there’s so little Sappho to study. It would be hard to think of another poet whose status is so disproportionate to the size of her surviving body of work.
Over at the New Yorker, Daniel Mendelssohn tries to shed light on one of the most famous yet obscure poets of all time, Sappho....more