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Interview in Evening Will Come

In an interview in the November, 2013, issue of the online journal Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics, I discuss the goals of the critic, honesty in criticism, what today's critics are missing, and other critical topics. The editor asks the same questions of twenty-two poetry critics with widely varying approaches and values, from Charles Bernstein and Marjorie Perloff to yours truly.

Sailing to Babylon Reviewed at the Savvy Reader

Inderjit Deogun, reviewing Sailing to Babylon at The Savvy Reader, writes "I can’t remember the last time I was so moved by a single collection. After each poem I had to stop and allow myself the time to marvel at Pollock’s mastery. . .  The extraordinary thing about [the book] is Pollock’s ability to recall an action, a moment or an object with tremendous elegance.  . Pollock revisits his past and sees it with absolute understanding. . .

You Are Here Reviewed in Geist

Stephen Osborne, in the latest issue of Geist, observes, "The poetry celebrated in the pages of You Are Here includes the work of Jeff[er]y Donaldson, Karen Solie, Anne Carson, Daryl Hine, Eric Ormsby and Marlene [Cookshaw], each of whom receive illuminating and often brilliant close readings." Warm thanks to Stephen!

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