Benjamin Paloff’s books include the poetry collections And His Orchestra and The Politics. He is Associate Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.
 (December 2018)


Of Vain Subtleties, or Subtle Devices

I have never been a New Yorker, not really. Though I was born there. But not really. I was born across the river. And not the East River, where lots of real New Yorkers are born. The Hudson, which isn’t really a river. It, or at least that part of …