Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri has written 16 books of poems, and 26 produced plays. Her latest book is Cosa Farei Per Amore (2013) translated from her book of poems in the voice of Mary Wollstonecraft, and What I Would Do For Love, a Paterson Prize finalist. Her latest play is “Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory.” She holds the 1993 Allen Ginsberg Award for poetry, the Pen Syndicated Fiction Award, the Bordighera Poetry Award, the Columbia Award, a CPB Silver Medal among others. She is also the 2013 recipient of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs George Garrett Award “for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and for her dedication to helping the next generation of writers find their way as artists and literary professionals.“ She is co-winner of the 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award. She produces “The Poet and the Poem” from the Library of Congress for public radio.


101 entries by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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July 2017 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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On the Allure of Eros

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Plato’s Symposium and the philosophical search for love

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June 2017 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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May 2017 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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April 2017 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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Celebrating a Washington Literary Press

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April is National Poetry Month and reason enough to raise a flag to the Word Works, which has been going strong for 42 years.

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March 2017 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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An Interview with Kim Roberts

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The poet explains her endless fascination with science.

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January 2017 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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October 2016 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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An Exemplars Special: A New Book by Eva Brann

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Honoring the philosopher-poet’s aphoristic genius.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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August 2016 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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July 2016 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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June 2016 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry

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May 2016 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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Spring's GNP (Great National Products)

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April 2016 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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March 2016 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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January 2016 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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18 Best Books of (or about) Poetry

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These excellent 2015 titles — listed in no particular order — deserve your time and attention!

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December Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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October 2015 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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August 2015 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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July 2015 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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June 2015 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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American Gothic

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An appreciation of Hannah Nordhaus’ fascinating new book.

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May 2015 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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An Exemplars Special for May

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A look at Mayakovsky: A Biography by Bengt Jangfeldt

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The Immersive Genius of “Ten Windows”

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A National Poetry Month special

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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An Exemplars Special for April

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Thoughts on The Language of Paradise.

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March 2015 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life

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A biography that does justice to a complex, confounding figure.

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15 of the Past Year’s Best Poetry Books

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Clearly, 2014 was a wonderful year for poets and poetry. Here are the most memorable works I had the pleasure of reviewing in the last 12 months.

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January Exemplars: Books for the Turn of the Year

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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December Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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An Exemplars Special

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A poet's perspective on The Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett.

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November Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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October 2014 Poetry Exemplars

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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August 2014 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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July 2014 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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June 2014 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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May 2014 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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April 2014 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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Joyce Varney Thompson

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Now in her 10th decade, Joyce Varney Thompson has written a new book. Her friend and ours, Grace Cavalieri, shares a glimpse of the author's life, her inspiration, and her latest work.

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March Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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An Exemplars Special: E.E. Cummings, A Life

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"Let's live suddenly without thinking ... let's live like the light..."

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January 2014 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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An EXEMPLARS Book Review by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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October 2013 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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August 2013 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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July 2013 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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June Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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May Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

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April Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry: this month, a special edition for National Poetry Month.

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Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly column reviewing recent books of poems and books about poetry.

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February Exemplars: Poetry Reviews

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A monthly feature, by Grace Cavalieri, highlighting books of poetry and books about poets.

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January Exemplars: Poetry Reviews

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A monthly column looking at books of poems and poetry, written by Grace Cavalieri.

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December Exemplars: Poetry Reviews

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A monthly column looking at books of poems and poetry, written by Grace Cavalieri.

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November Exemplars: Poetry Reviews

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A monthly column looking at books of poems and poetry, written by Grace Cavalieri.

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October Exemplars: Harvest Time

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A monthly column looking at books of poems and poetry, written by Grace Cavalieri

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September Exemplars

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Monthly Poetry reviews by Grace Cavalieri

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Summer Exemplars: A Roundup of Good Poetry (Part 3)

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The third and final part of our Summer Poetry Round Up by Grace Cavalleri.

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Summer Exemplars: A Roundup of Good Poetry (Part 2)

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Today we're featuring Part 2 of the Summer Poetry Round Up.

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Summer Exemplars: A Roundup of Good Poetry (Part 1)

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Let Us Now Praise Summer Reading. These books are the result of summer reading and a residency at Toad Hall Writer's Retreat.

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August Exemplars

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August Exemplars features a new book by Jorie Graham and a list of recommended books that make significant contributions, and are Exemplars for the Collector's Choice.

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July Exemplars

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Exemplars: A Poetry Feature

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A monthly column by Grace Cavalieri reviewing new books of poetry.

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May Exemplars

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Grace Cavalieri's column this month looks at poets Mark Strand, Traci Brimhall, Jonathan Galassi, Campbell McGrath, and Vladimir Nabokov. Very honorably mentioned are Dennis Barone’s Parallel Lines; and Villanelles edited by Annie Finch and Marie-Elizabeth Mali.

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From his confinement in a prison cell, a Nobel Prize-winning poet reflects on Tiananmen and the human-rights struggle in China.

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Exemplars: A Poetry Feature by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly column reviewing recent books of poems and books about poetry.

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Exemplars: A Poetry Feature by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly column reviewing recent books of poems and books about poetry.

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Exemplars: A Poetry Feature by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly column reviewing recent books of poems and books about poetry.

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Special edition of a monthly column reviewing recent books of poems and books about poetry.

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Exemplars: A Poetry Feature by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly column reviewing recent books of poems and books about poetry.

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Exemplars: A Poetry Feature by Grace Cavalieri

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A monthly column reviewing recent books of poems and books about poetry.

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Exemplars: A Poetry Feature By Grace Cavalieri

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This column presents monthly reviews of books of poems and books about poetry.

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The Welsh writer gives us a novel seen through the eyes of a vindictive esthete/serial killer.

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Exemplars: A Poetry Feature by Grace Cavalieri

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This column presents monthly reviews of books of poems and books about poetry.

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This haunting collection by a “philosopher poet” is a conversation with himself.

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Exemplars: A Poetry Feature by Grace Cavalieri

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This column presents monthly reviews of books of poems and books about poetry.

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Svoboda’s new novel is the Bohemian answer to Willa Cather’s My Antonia.

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Poetry of the spirit and of large ideas, with a light hand.

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Exemplar: A Poetry Feature by Grace Cavalieri

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Grace Cavalieri reviews Seeing Stars by Simon Armitage, the new black by Evie Shockley, and Solar Throat Slashed (Soleil cou coupé) by Aime’ Cesaire.

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Drawing on his wide-ranging travels, poet Forrest Gander considers the transfer of feelings between cultures.