Mockingbird (Derek Webster)

Derek Webster’s Mockingbird examines a death of another sort, with many of the poems tracing the aftermath of a failed marriage. Even vaguer poems, that don’t seem to address this issue, feel loaded against its backdrop: “Libraries burn. / What we thought would last is gone.” However, the best poems call up other poets — […]

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Little Theatres (Erín Moure)

Erín Moure’s Little Theatres takes its name from the work of Elisa Sampedrín, who is quoted heavily in the text — supposedly. In reality, Sampedrín is Moure’s heteronym (a pseudonym with a fully developed personality and a distinctive style). Sampedrín’s writing on “little theatres” thus provides a glimpse of sorts into the theoretical underpinnings of […]

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Letters to a Young Writer (Colum McCann)

“The truth is that nobody can teach you how to write,” writes Colum McCann near the end of Letters to a Young Writer. The next paragraph of this review will teach you how to write. Keep revising your language to make it more specific to the situation and character. If Sarah is nervous, your first […]

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