A Good Tip: in “Five Simple Words,” a collection of essays in response to “Thank You For Your Service,” in Medic in the Green Time, edited by Marc Levy - I probably should have said something. I probably should have taken a moment to explain to this young waiter what my service actually was. I should have told him that my rejection of military service was my real “service.”
A Review of Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees, edited by Laren McClung - Perhaps the ultimate significance of these writings is to remind us that, whether we know it or not, we are all inheritors of the wars that have come before us, and in some way are obligated to try to understand what that inheritance means.
Trapezika: A Review of George Kalogeris’ Guide to Greece - This magisterial "guide" brings us to a Greece of geographical, historical, familial, and spiritual intersections. It's a Greece that one can find only in the heart and in these poems that dwell there too.
On Claire Millikin’s Tartessos and Other Cities - A map alone does not solve our problems, heal our wounds, or save our souls. But it gives us a chance to find our way, and that is the deepest, most humane lesson in this wise, artful, and deeply moving collection of poems.
Introduction to Another World Instead - What does it mean to be a conscientious objector during a war that nearly all one’s fellow citizens favor? What does it mean to take such a stance at the same time that one is getting started as a poet?
The Fire Teaching - Deeply informed by Ms. Kingston’s Buddhist practices and values, The Fifth Book of Peace is a hybrid of memoir, scholarship, and fiction, each of which examines the nature of and possibilities for creating a "beloved community."
Windfall - Seamus Heaney's last book reminds us that no other poet has so profoundly embraced the task of articulating a defense of poetry for our time.