Poems for our times
A few days ago, Philip Levine was named the next poet laureate.
Yesterday, the New York Times picked up a New Orleans journalist’s revelation that Zabar’s lobster salad was not made of lobster but was, in fact, made of crayfish, prompting Zabars to change the product’s name to “seafare salad.”
Being named the government’s official poetic voice of America really does matter! Since Philip Levine was crowned poet laureate yesterday, The New York Times reports that readers are buying every copy of his books in sight, Knopf is rushing to print more and Amazon has back orders six days deep.
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A Book of Reasons , by John Vernon. Houghton Mifflin, 272 pages, $23.
Your brother, older than you by 15 years, has died. He was a recluse, one of those strange people who manage to live in the world yet not be of it, a man comfortable communicating with others only over his radio Read More