The Joys of Reading Jorie


At the New York Times, Dwight Garner reviews Jorie Graham’s new collected, From the New World: 1976-2014. Graham is a giant of American poetry, and the volume follows her career as the margins drift in and out, the trees indicate myriad seasons of emotive potential, and countless pronouns resist simple structures of reference and meaning. Garner does a fantastic job of capturing Graham’s style, the heart of the collection, which is at once deeply moving and profoundly un-quotable:

Her poems tend to be difficult, but not in an academic sense. She leads you to the door of comprehension, often enough, only to close it on your ankle. To remain with her, you must be willing to suspend reason and allow her language to flow over you like a syntactic spa treatment.

Dinah Fay is a poet, copywriter, and social media maven living in Brooklyn. She is the co-host of the Brick City Speaks reading series in Newark, where she is pursuing an MFA in writing from Rutgers University. More from this author →