“Poet of the Disregarded”


At The Book Bench, Teju Cole reviews Across the Land and the Water, the first major volume of poems by W. G. Sebald. Walking us through the collection, Cole sheds light on the progression of Sebald’s poetic voice, technique, and concerns.

“He had a feeling for the inanimate, too, for ruins and comminuted landscapes, places that have been reduced to their smallest units by the forces of nature and history.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →