David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Make John Koethe’s Day


Publisher’s Weekly gives the red star treatment to John Koethe’s ninth book of poems, ambiguously titled ROTC Kills. PW’s reviewer says Koethe is “an amiable hybrid of late Wallace Stevens, late John Ashbery, and William Bronk.” It’s a sweet comparison — this thing about “amiable” — and I guess PW means it to convey something […]