Monday, August 20, 2007

Poetry News and Reviews, In Brief

An Edgar Allan Poe fan has taken credit for creating the writer's 'graveyard visitor' legend. But there are those who would claim that this raven old lunatic's heart tells false tales.

At long last, the world will finally know what sorts of cartoony goth characters Sylvia Plath used to doodle on her jeans. Paintings and drawings by the Bell belle, many of which have never been seen before, are to be published in October to mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of the American poet and novelist.

"I married the girl I loved, yet poisoned her life
Lies began to coil in my heart and call it home."

The Los Angeles Times reviews Raymond Carver's collection of poetry, All of Us, here.

"What kind of spring is this,
Where there are no flowers and
The air is filled with a miserable smell?"

The New York Times holds court on the recently released, Poems From Guantánamo. Their verdict?
"The bulk of these poems are so vague, their claims so conventional, that they might have been written at any point in history by anyone suffering anything."
An anonymous source at the Pentagon agrees.