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  • Review: 'The Book of My Lives' by Aleksandar Hemon

    Review: 'The Book of My Lives' by Aleksandar Hemon
    Aleksandar Hemon, the 48-year-old Bosnian refugee who has become one of this city's literary rock stars, can amuse and he can devastate. That he does both in his second language, wielded with precision and elegance, has earned him comparisons to Nabokov and Joseph Conrad.
  • Lyrical centennial

    Lyrical centennial
    Arguing over poetry's cultural relevance is a little like debating the potential effects of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, says Poetry magazine editor Christian Wiman. “For many people, poetry will remain remote,...

    Louis Simpson dies at 89; Pulitzer-winning poet

    Louis Simpson dies at 89; Pulitzer-winning poet
    "A poet," Louis Simpson once wrote, "should wish for enough unhappiness to keep him writing." Simpson may not have wished for trouble, but he kept writing for 60 years — spare, powerful poems about war, infidelity, suburban alienation and other...

    Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'

    Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'
    If like me you come from a mixed family, meaning there are conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats boisterously hashing out their differences at the holiday table, you'll have an easy time recognizing the Wyeth clan gathered to celebrate...

    Oh the nerdity

    W.H. Auden trawled the Oxford English Dictionary for old and obscure words, some of which he employed in his poetry. He was so fond of the OED that he often took a volume of it to bed at night. We here in Wordville understand that. Thus there is joy...