Recent Reviews

  • "Words That Sing, Dance, Kiss." Poetry. 1 May 2017: 177-186. (Review of Four Reincarnations by Max Ritvo)
  • "The Two Robert Lowells." The New York Review of Books. 20 Apr. 2017: 4-8. (Review of Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character by Kay Redfield Jamison)
  • "I Heard Voices in My Head." The New York Review of Books. 23 Feb. 2017: 45-47. (Review of The Prelude: 1805 by William Wordsworth, edited by James Engell and Michael D. Raymond)
  • "Wallace Stevens: The Real and the Made-Up." The New York Review of Books. 14 July 2016. (Review of The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens by Paul Mariani)
  •  “Poet of the Violent and the Chaste.The New York Review of Books. 21 April 2016: 44-46. (Review of The Collected Poems of John Crowe Ransom edited by Ben Mazer)
  • Berryman: Tragedy & Comedy Together.” The New York Review of Books. 4 June 2015: 40-42. (Review of The Heart is Strange: New Selected Poems by John Berryman)
  • A Dazzling Poet.” The New York Review of Books. 5 Feb. 2015: 40-43. (Review of Stay, Illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido)
  • Why Aren’t They Screaming?The London Review of Books. 6 Nov. 2014: 18-22. (Review of Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love by James Booth)
  • Intriguing, Funny, Prophetic Ford.” The New York Review of Books. 19 June 2014: 47-50. (Review of Selected Poems by Mark Ford)
  • I Have Not Lived up to It.” The London Review of Books. 3 Apr. 2014: 13-18. (Review of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins Vols I-II: Correspondence edited by R.K.R. Thornton and Catherine Phillips)
  • Vision and Revision.The New Republic. 24 Mar. 2014: 46-49. (Review of The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems by Marta Werner and Jen Bervin)
  • Badger, Mole, and Marianne Moore.” The New York Review of Books. 7 Nov. 2013: 46-50. (Review of Holding on Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore by Linda Leavell)
  • Tragedy in the Bedroom.” The New Republic. 29 Apr. 2013: 39-45. (Review of Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads by George Meredith)
  • They Shined Together.” The New York Review of Books. 7 Mar. 2013: 30-32. (Review of Now All Roads Lead to France: A Life of Edward Thomas by Matthew Hollis)
  • The Road to Paradise.” The New Republic. 25 Oct. 2012: 49-53. (Review of Dante Alighieri’s Vita Nuova as translated by Andrew Frisardi)
  • An Evangel for Poetry.” The New York Review of Books. 27 Sep. 2012: 84-86. (Review of Robert Hass’s What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World)
  • Burnt with Frost.” The New York Review of Books. 16 Aug. 2012: 62-64. (Review of Tim Kendall’s The Art of Robert Frost)
  • The Art of the Inexplicit.” The New Republic. 2 Feb. 2012: 26-30. (Review of Tomas Tranströmer’s The Deleted World, versions by Robin Robertson, and The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems, translated by Robin Fulton)
  • Are These the Poems to Remember?The New York Review of Books. 24 Nov. 2011: 19-22. (Review of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry edited and introduced by Rita Dove)
  • Beauty, Violence, and the Gods.” The New York Review of Books. 27 Oct. 2011: 82-85. (Review of The Wrecking Light by Robin Robertson)
  • The Instructors.” The New Republic. 15 Sep. 2011: 36-40. (Review of W.B. Yeats & George Yeats edited by Ann Saddlemyer and Words Alone: Yeats & His Inheritances by R.F. Foster)
  • The Art of Flamingo Watching.” New York Review of Books. 23 Dec. 2010. (Review of The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan)
  • The Worn-Out Heart.” The New Republic. 2 Dec. 2010: 31-35. (Review of Canti by Giacomo Leopardi)

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