I. Italian poetry now by Francesco Giardinazzo and Marco Genovesi.
The work of these two poets represents the two directions emerging in modern Italian poetry — and in modern European culture, generally. In the words of translator Hoyt Rogers, ‘Giardinazzo remains firmly attached to the complex heritage of Italian verse, and to the European tradition as a whole’. Marco Genovesi, on the other hand, has been influenced as much by Jim Thompson as by Dante. Translations by Hoyt Rogers.
II. Therianthropes and vents by Alan Wall.
‘In some of the earliest representations of ourselves that exist, we have presented ourselves as therianthropes — part human, part animal. We are engaging in that mimetic activity we have subsequently named art, and we are also engaging, as therianthropes, in the impersonation of other creatures or beings. This we can call mimicry, but it is also the activity at the root of ventriloquism, a sacred activity in our earlier history…’
III. John Ashbery, a visit by Anthony Howell.
‘Ashbery is good at widening our terms of reference, and, being a poet, possibly in practice for his main act, there are plenty of felicities of expression. Colour in Brice Marden has the “tightness of Baby Bear’s porridge.” The poet’s critical writing wakes one up: it is entertaining, compared to the committed sludge of most art-writing today. His style is a compound of incongruities, and he is quick to point to incongruities of influence, Red Grooms admiring Fairfield Porter for instance. Yet there is little here that is critical, except by omission perhaps, or by lavish praise which, ever so faintly, damns.’
IV. Narrative poetry by Peter Riley.
‘There remains an urge towards narrative in much recent poetry, especially among the practices known as “innovative” or “modernist”. This is hardly surprising, since it is only in these zones that any real attempt seems to be made to reach further ranges of thought, to touch on the forces which govern the politico-cultural world or any large-scale comprehension of humanity and civilisation, even if conceived as necessarily fragmented or wrapped in forms close to mysticism. Conventionalist poets are mostly entirely happy with accounts of the self in social and personal terms handed down from Romanticism.’
V. Yves Bonnefoy. A dossier.
Any survey of post-war French poetry cannot omit the name ‘Bonnefoy’. His ‘prose and poetry constitute a two-track adventure that has few equals since Baudelaire and Leopardi,’ writes Anthony Rudolf in the lead essay in this dossier of commentary, criticism and translations. Included: Comment on two new Bonnefoy titles by Alan Wall, two sets of new translations by Beverley Bie Brahic and Hoyt Rogers, and a fable translated by Anthony Rudolf with a portfolio of etchings by Paula Rego. A briefly annotated index to the dossier is here.
VI. Anthropology, empire and modernity by Alan Macfarlane.
‘The rapid onrush of liberal capitalist democracies which finally triumphed after the Second World War, and which had been eroding many western ancien régimes from the eighteenth century onwards, is over. The assumption that we would all end up like America is no longer sustainable. This means that the future is unpredictable and we need to understand in detail what is happening.’ The Huxley Lecture, Royal Anthropological Institute.
VII. New York poets by Peter Riley.
‘New York’s largely successful bid to become the modern art centre of the world was specifically designed by dealers and officials…to replace Paris when the latter was disabled during the occupation. It is said with authority that government funding, including C.I.A. money, went into supporting this drive with publicity, including the funding of European exhibitions…it was not a spontaneous flowering.’
VIII. The ‘exaggerated vocabulary’ of Anthony Hecht by Daniel Bosch.
‘Hecht’s attraction to certain kinds and formulations of words is too common to be insignificant, yet not frequent enough to constitute some sort of radical aesthetic challenge to institutional norms. Something bigger is going on when Hecht pulls out a doozy, or three doozies, something bigger than his urge to describe well or to tell a good story. These outbursts are about him, psychologically, and ultimately, such self-referentiality weakens not only each work individually but…Hecht’s work as a whole.’
IX. Rabindranath Tagore by Ezra Pound.
It’s been a century since Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize. Today, instant celebrity is commonplace. But the remarkable efforts by Pound, Yeats, Rothenstein and others to make Tagore, an unknown Bengali writer and singer, an English-language literary personality succeeded wildly. In 1913, a year after their ‘discovery’ of Tagore, he was one of the most celebrated writers in the world. For Pound, that was the last straw. A dossier: Pound‘s March 1913 encomium from the Fortnightly Review archive; Yeats‘ introduction to Gitanjali, Tagore’s first English-language collection; William Rothenstein‘s reminiscence of Tagore in London; Harold Hurwitz‘ amusing account of Pound’s vicious about-face on Tagore; and an early Tagore poem, also from the March 1913 Fortnightly.
X. Who is Bruce Springsteen? by Peter Knobler.
Forty years ago, the editor of the magazine that gave Bruce Springsteen his first serious press coverage asked, “Who is Bruce Springsteen?” Now, in reviewing a new biography of the singer, the editor finds the question remains. ‘More than any rock ‘n’ roller in history, Springsteen has touched people to the core – without their actually knowing much about him. They thought they knew, they were encouraged to think they knew, but they didn’t know.’
XI. Guernica by Nigel Wheale.
‘Almost everyone involved in organising the five exhibitions of Guernica during these critical months, and many of those who visited them, must have been aware that Republican lines were collapsing; Catalonia was overrun during January, half a million fleeing north from Barcelona in the last days of the month. Among the mass of human misery, more art cargo was on the move…’
XII. The ethics of favouritism by Stephen T. Asma.
‘People who are triggered to charitable acts share their good fortune with others. But it isn’t fairness that accomplishes this moral goal – it isn’t the pursuit of equality; it is kindness, good will, and, dare I say, a little bit of “favor”.’
A Partial Archive of the New Series.
Poetry Notes by Peter Riley.
Clues & Labyrinths by Alan Wall.
Una Visione Estesa by Keith Johnson.
Currente Calamo by Michael Blackburn.
Museums & Collections by Ian Sansom.
Reviews and comment on books, etc.
Editors, contributors, and contact details.
2011: Golden-beak in eight parts. By George Basset (H. R. Haxton).
2012: The Invention of the Modern World in 18 parts. By Alan Macfarlane.
2013: Helen in three long parts. By Oswald Valentine Sickert.
THE TROLLOPE PRIZE WINNERS.
2011: The Intensive and Extensive Worlds of Anthony Trollope’s Framley Parsonage by Lucy Sheehan, Columbia University.
2012: A Competitive World: Ambition and Self-Help in Trollope’s An Autobiography and The Three Clerks by Rebecca Richardson, Stanford University.
Two poems by Lawrence Binyon.
Monochronos by Hugh Chisholm.
The Bibliomania by John Ferrar, MD.
The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy.
Three poems by Steve Kronen.
Ocean by Ann Lauterbach.
Two poems by Lawrence Markert.
Pomenvylope No. 10 by Nicholas Moore.
Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen.
Umbrella by Myra Sklarew.
A Morning by William Stafford.
A Voice from the Nile by James Thomson [B.V.].
Two poems from the hôpital Broussais by Paul Verlaine.
Signals and two new poems by Michelene Wandor.
Screeds 1 by Stephen Wiest.
The Old Man By Robert Coover.
Dennis and Dinny by James MacGuire.
A Recollection of L’Adorée by Ethel Dilke.
An Encounter by Robert Coover.
Anthony Hecht by Daniel Bosch.
Vorticism by Ezra Pound.
Pound’s First Canto by Anthony O’Hear.
Derek Wallcott and the T.S. Eliot Prize by Michelene Wandor.
Robert Bly’s prose poetry by Myra Sklarew.
John Ashbery’s translation of Rimbaud by Martin Sorrell.
The New Libertine by Anthony Howell.
The function of criticism at the present time by Matthew Arnold.
Bernard Stone and the Turret by Brian Patten.
F. T. Prince and other British mavericks, by Anthony Howell.
A Man of Letters, an interview with Robert Louis Stevenson, by H. R. Haxton.
Francis Thompson by Katharine Tynan.
Apollinaire, the war poet by Martin Sorrell.
Coleridge as a poet by Edward Dowden.
John Buchan by Roger Kimball.
W. H. Davies and the gift of laziness by Martin Armstrong.
On Nicholas Moore by Martin Sorrell. Published with ‘Pomenvylope No. 10‘ by Nicholas Moore.
On Sculpture. By Anthony O’Hear.
The Beginnings of Greek Sculpture 1. The Heroic Age of Greek art.
The Beginnings of Greek Sculpture 2. The Age of Graven Images.
The marbles of Ægina. On the ‘philosophical aspect’ of Greek art.
Notes on the complexities of Post-Modernism by Charles Jencks.
Published with Postmodernism and history, by Anthony Howell.
FILM, VIDEO & THEATRE.
Elizabeth Taylor by Andrew Sinclair.
Sarah Bernhardt by Arthur Croxton.
The language of The King’s Speech by Stan Carey.
A solution to the mystery of Macbeth’s witches by W. J. Lawrence.
George Grossmith by Stephen Wade.
The beauty of quantitative easing by Nick O’Hear.
PHILOSOPHY & EDUCATION.
Fairness and family values by Stephen Asma.
A quest of the imagination by J. B. Bury.
On social disorder by Gerald Gaus.
Joseph de Maistre’s ‘different sort of progress’ by Anthony O’Hear.
The evolution of mystery by Maurice Maeterlinck.
Carlin Romano’s America the Philosophical, reviewed by Anthony O’Hear.
Is it possible to teach creative writing? by Michelene Wandor.
BOOKS & PUBLISHING.
Death to the Reading Class by Marshall Poe.
Bookshop Memories by George Orwell.
The e-Hypnerotomachia Poliphili by Alana Shilling.
The Production and Life of Books by C. Kegan Paul.
HISTORY, BIOGRAPHY, ANTHROPOLOGY & TRAVEL.
Inventing Asia by Kate Hoyland.
Sir Richard Francis Burton by Ouidah.
Genealogy in America by Drew Moore.
Published with On ancestor worship by Herbert Spencer.
Fragment: Concepts of Time and the World We Live In by Alan Macfarlane.
POLITICS, THE PRESS & POLITICAL CULTURE.
Prohibition’s ‘original Progressives’ by Andrew Sinclair.
The virtues of European populism by Denis Boyles.
Iowa’s caucuses by Jon Lauck.
The Rosenbergs and their apologists by Allen M. Hornblum.
Included: Related material from the archives republished in this New Series.
Edited by Anthony O’Hear and Denis Boyles.
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