Lawrence Joseph’s sixth book of poems, So Where Are We?, will be published in August. He is the Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law. (July 2017)


An Ancient Clarity Overlaid

What is thought and felt, believed and dreamed, reflected on, the plot worked out in constant depth, what isn’t, for the time being, being written is being worked on—how long will it be, the one long poem? Tacitus’s Annals, its half- …