Spring 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 2 Book Reviews |

Story’s Stories

Vagrant Grace by David Bottoms. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon, 1999. 95 pp. $14.00. Men in the Off Hours by Anne Carson. New York: Knopf, 2000. 166 pp. $24.00. Erotikon by Susan Mitchell. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. 79 pp. $22.00. Pastoral by Carl Philips. St. Paul: Graywolf, 2000. 74 pp. $14.00. Leaving Xaia by D. Nurkse. New York: Four Way Books, 2000. 77 pp. $13.95. The Ledge by Michael Collier. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. 60 pp. $22.00.   Poets use stories to tell stories. Inside, outside, or alongside the particular narrative of a poem, other frames of reference inevitably operate. This is a feature of serious poetry that especially attracts and compels me—not just the local situation of a poem, but those larger stories, too, obvious or suppressed, mythological or intimate, active or psychological. How complex, after all, are our local narratives? A lover woos, or is abandoned. Someone grieves. Another complains or accuses or, walking down t

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David Baker is the author or editor of many books of poetry and criticism. His latest collection of poems, Whale Fall, was published by W. W. Norton in July 2022. Baker taught at Kenyon 1983–84 and began a long association with The Kenyon Review then, including service for more than twenty-five years as poetry editor. He continues to curate the magazine’s annual environmental feature, “Nature’s Nature.” Baker is emeritus professor of English at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, where he offers two classes each spring semester.

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