Book Review: JoAnn Balingit’s Forage

Like many Poetry Friday regulars, I often assign myself a blog project for National Poetry Month. In 2010, I took readers on virtual road trip around the United States, profiling each state’s poet laureate. (I made it as far as Idaho, 43rd state.) Naturally, the tour started in Delaware, the first state to sign the US […]

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Book Review: Hot Sonnets

There’s something fishy about the sonnet. It isn’t supposed to work anymore. Hayden Carruth admits as much in “Sonnet 9,” As a poet I don’t care for the stale remainder of conventional sonnetry and goes on to chastise himself (mid-sonnet) as “an absconder/and apostate in my era.” Yet something has driven him to “lean backward […]

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