On Being Warlike

On Being Warlike

In the new Spring issue of The Paris Review, we published an Art of Poetry interview with Alice Notley, conducted by Hannah Zeavin. To mark the occasion, we commissioned a series of short essays that analyze Notley’s works. We hope readers will enjoy discovering, or rediscovering, these lectures, essays, and poems.   This is another […]

Los Angeles Review of Books: Begin Again: On Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo’s “Incantation”

XOCHITL-JULISA BERMEJO’S Incantation: Love Poems for Battle Sites (2023) announces its purpose in the title. The “battle sites” range from migrant detention centers to Confederate monuments to the police stop that led to Sandra Bland’s murder. The incantatory lyricism of Bermejo’s poetry suffuses the text, letting us know that this is a book to remember […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: Recovering Worlds: On Mireille Gansel’s “Soul House”

“WHAT IF TO TRANSLATE was to look for lost words,” asks Mireille Gansel in a line from her genre-defying Soul House (2023), a meditation on poetry and translation as forms of hospitality, translated from the French by Joan Seliger Sidney. I misread this line at first, mistaking “words” for “worlds,” then wondered whether it couldn’t […]

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