Alfred Corn

Alfred Corn‘s most recent book of poems is Contradictions. This October, University of Michigan Press will publish Atlas: Selected Essays, 1989-2007.

Winter 2009

Elizabeth Bishop, Critic

By Alfred Corn

Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters. Edited by Robert Giroux and Lloyd Schwartz, New York: Library of America, 2008. 975 pp. $40.00 hardcover.   In one volume, here we have […]

Spring 1994

To Hermes

By Alfred Corn

Lord Quicksilver, god of erections, come down in your winged Nikes, and your hard-hat brilliant as an oiled mirror, and lend some assistance. I have a young partner, handsome and […]

Spring 1994

Sugar Cane

By Alfred Corn

Some view our sable race with scornful eye, “Their color is a diabolic dye.” Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, May be refined, and join the angelic train. PHILLIS WHEATLEY, […]

Summer 1992

From 1992

By Alfred Corn

1978 Coolness of late April in Berkeley, actually, Kensington, where I’ll stay two nights and give a reading down at the U. Prescription sunglasses are fending off steam-white morning sun […]

Summer 1991

from Part of His Story

By Alfred Corn

The postcards picked up at a stall near Westminster Bridge lie scattered on the desk, bright bits of blue, red, and black color glazed over by lamplight into partial invisibility. […]

Winter 1979

Lacrimae Rerum

By Alfred Corn

No closer than that; then some might prefer The middle distances, a touch farther Off from fact; if only to discover Perspectives where such a limited thing Multiplies into so […]