New Sequence in Divining Dante

Today is Dante’s 700th birthday, and to mark the occasion Australia’s Recent Work Press has just published a terrific new anthology called Divining Dante, which opens with my new three-sonnet sequence, “So Tell Me” (video!), in which I put my own spin on three of my favorite episodes from the Commedia. My thanks to editors […] Read more ...

“Trip Hop” in Poems of the American South

On returning home from our summer holiday last night, I was pleased to find in the mail pile my contributor copies of Poems of the American South (Knopf), edited by David Biespiel. A beautiful book, it draws from several centuries and is shaped by an admirably catholic notion of what constitutes Southern poetry. The fact that the editor chose to include my poem “Trip Hop” rather than one of my more explicitly Southern poems is perhaps indicative of the volume’s fresh take on its subject. Read more ...

Something Indecent

While wandering dazedly through the AWP Book Fair in Seattle, I stumbled on Something Indecent, a lovely new anthology from the Poetry Foundation, and was delighted to find that it included my translation of one of my favorite Cesare Pavese poems, “Grappa in September,” from Disaffections. Regarding that poem, the editor, Valzhyna Mort, says: “This is how you stop a moment and turn it into eternity.” Read more ...