Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore

Linda Leavell, Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 480 pages. $30. By Parul Sehgal, Bookforum, September 2013 Call it the Curious Case of Marianne Moore. She was an American Athena, spawned by no particular school but championed by every major poet of her generation. Her poems are Wonderlands populated by spiny creatures and pools of sudden malice,Continue reading “Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore”

My Poets

By Maureen McLane Parul Sehgal, Bookforum, May 2012 Readers are not created equal. Frances Ferguson observed, rather dolorously, that the “reader can only read the texts that say what he already knows,” but let’s be frank: There are gifted—or maybe just thirstier—readers among us who, by dint of stamina or plain need, won’t be stymiedContinue reading “My Poets”