Contents


Can Poetry Be Reviewed?

Moly and My Sad Captains by Thom Gunn

Writings to An Unfinished Accompaniment by W.S. Merwin

Braving the Elements by James Merrill

Wintering Out by Seamus Heaney

The Crystal Lithium by James Schuyler

They Feed They Lion by Philip Levine

A Change of Hearts by Kenneth Koch

Kissing Hitler

Norman Mailer by Richard Poirier

Marilyn by Norman Mailer. Pictures by the World's Foremost Photographers

Contributors

Noam Chomsky is an Institute Professor and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at MIT.

Edgar Z. Friedenberg (1927-2000) was an American social critic and scholar of education. His books include Coming of Age in America and Growth and Acquiescence.

Stuart Hampshire (1914–2004) was an English philosopher. He taught at University College London, Princeton, Stanford and Oxford, where he was named Warden of Wadham College. His books include Thought and Action, Spinoza and Justice Is Conflict.

Kenneth Koch (1925–2002) was Professor of English at Columbia. During his lifetime, Koch published at least thirty volumes of poetry and plays. He was also the author of a novel, The Red Robins; two books on teaching poetry writing to children, Wishes, Lies, and Dreams and Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?; and I Never Told Anybody: Teaching Poetry Writing in a Nursing Home.

Stephen Spender (1909–1995) was an English poet and essayist. As a young man, he became friends with W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Christopher Isherwood, a loose collection often referred to as “the Auden Group” or “MacSpaunday.” He published many collections of poems, including The Still Centre and Ruins and Visions, and numerous volumes of nonfiction and other works, including Learning Laughterand Love-Hate Relations.

Michael Wood is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. He is the author of Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much and America in the Movies, among other books.
 (May 2017)