Review: In Cadence

In Cadence (2016) gathers about three dozen poems by C. Rodney Pattan and Lance B. Brender. Make that Col. Pattan amd Maj. Brender, as both poets are in the U. S. Army.

Col. Pattan, an OB/GYN physician, is Deputy Commander …

Review: Camouflage for the Neighborhood

Unlike most books of poetry, which are collections of separate poems ignoring each other like subway commuters, Lorene Delany-Ullman’s Camouflage for the Neighborhood is better understood, in fact only understood, as a single coherent work, the whole being far greater …

Review: My Name on His Tongue

Laila Halaby’s My Name On His Tongue (Syracuse University Press, 2012) is a frighteningly urgent and incisive poetry book about living the Arab-American experience. Naomi Shibib Nye claims Halaby’s words are “a wake up call” and they certainly are. Take …

Carolyn Forche’s The Angel of History

Carolyn Forche’s 1994 The Angel of History is a literary powerhouse of artistic prowess, an astringent truthful poetry that rewards us with the moribund brutality of war and its shattering aftermath. There is no nostalgia or moral judgment, but a …

Alice Oswald’s Memorial

If Alice Oswald’s Memorial is not the greatest English-language war poem of modern times, I can hardly wait to discover a better one. The new American edition (Norton, 2012) includes a useful Afterword by Eavan Boland.

Alice Oswald’s idea was …