Jim Kates

Poetry Review: “The Collected Poems of Delmore Schwartz” — A Necessary and Welcome Gift

April 2, 2024
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Let’s hope that this book will provide an overdue and well deserved third act for the poetry of one of the twentieth century’s poetic masters.

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Poetry Review: Ishion Hutchinson’s “School of Instructions” — Lured Through History

November 23, 2023
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Jamaican poet Ishion Hutchinson’s New-World, nonwhite perspective claims its own stake in a history that we have come too much to associate with its imperialist heavyweights.

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Poetry Review: Robert Desnos’s “Night of Loveless Nights” — Far From Ephemeral

June 16, 2023
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A reprint from 50 years ago, this small book brings to the English-speaking world a strategic introduction to the work of a major French poet of the twentieth century.

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Book Review: A Life of Russian Poet Osip Mandelstam — “An Attenuated Voice of Freedom”

May 25, 2023
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The biography is a workmanlike introduction, valuable because it brings a measured understanding to Osip Mandelstam’s life and poetry as well as to the horrific decades he lived through.

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Book Review: “Waging a Good War” — A Civil Rights Strategy for the Future

April 1, 2023
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In this valuable history, Thomas E. Ricks looks at the critical events of “The Second Reconstruction” as a series of campaigns in a nonviolent war.

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Poetry Review: Henry Walters’s “The Nature Thief” — Memorable Verbal Acrobatics

December 12, 2022
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The poems in this remarkable collection lead us, as all good literature should do, after all the appearances and misdirections, feints and antic dispositions, to nothing but ourselves.

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Poetry Review: “One Hundred Visions of War” — Haiku in No Man’s Land

December 1, 2022
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This is a grim and uncomfortable book to read because it forces us to contemplate each small poem separately and then take them all together, a hard but necessary exercise.

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Poetry Review: Iman Mersal’s “Threshold” — Exploring the Idea of Home

November 20, 2022
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Underlying all of these pieces is the sensibility of the émigrée, the person who has had to reinterpret everything in her life.

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Poetry Review: “Unrevolutionary Times” — Try Men’s Souls?

November 10, 2022
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In his poetry, Houman Harouni has peopled a world with voices that are well worth listening to.

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Poetry Review: “Island Heart” — The Dance of Passion

August 9, 2022
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These poems are of their own time and place — written in Haiti and France early in the twentieth century — yet they remain impressively fresh.

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