312. (Sebastian Rödl)

Whenever I write here on the work of the philosopher Sebastian Rödl, as I have done several times before, I … More

311. (Patrick Chamoiseau)

Patrick Chamoiseau’s novels take their form from the primacy of orality, but with the recognition—expressed most clearly at the close … More

310. (Toni Morrison)

Song of Solomon is among the twentieth-century masterpieces that draws from the stock of devices associated with Dickens and finds entirely … More

309. (Toni Morrison)

“Spiteful” is a shocking word, seeming too small, too intimate. But then it is the right word for the novel, … More

308. (Geoffrey Hill)

It is too easy–or has been too easy for me–to become ensnared on the sections of The Book of Baruch by the … More

306. (William Empson)

Though it is probably the third most famous of Empson’s villanelles, “Reflection from Anita Loos” is a fine example of … More

305. (Lucille Clifton)

To my eyes and ears, the single greatest post-1960s American poet is Lucille Clifton. She is as essentially a lyric … More

301. (Lorine Niedecker)

Lorine Niedecker’s poems are taut as riddles. Here is “Easter”:   A robin stood by my porch and side-eyed raised … More

297. (Geoffrey Hill)

Geoffrey Hill’s The Book of Baruch by the Gnostic Justin takes as its subject and condition the inverse of a … More

293. (Donald Davie)

Donald Davie’s The Purity of Diction in English Verse is, first and foremost, a recovery of poetry written within the … More