2018 saw the release of four ambitious and powerful jazz releases driven by poetic texts.
Mary Oliver’s poetic vision reaches back to the American transcendentalists: it encourages us, by demanding that we pay attention to our now threatened natural world, to find a moral compass.
Leonard Cohen reinforces this dedication to lyricism with striking humility in his final book.
One of the fears of poets and, I imagine, all writers, is that you’ll reach a certain age and you’ll run out of gas.
Despite its occasional confusions, this is poetry I will return to — to re-experience A.E. Stallings’ wit, wisdom, and word-smithing.
Some people fled William Corbett’s bravura; others stayed, laughing.
Nausheen Eusuf’s deep affection for language and sound is omnipresent.
Warren Slesinger’s approach to poetry is experimental but skillful as well as entertaining.
Comparisons and guesses about influence aside, poet Richard Hoffman’s voice is individual, original, and strong.
There was an entire “New York School” that the punks were inspired by and a part of, whether they always wanted to be or not.