Fall 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 4 Book Reviews |

The Push of Reading

Materialism. By Jorie Graham. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, 1993. 146 pp. $22.00. Red Trousseau. By Carol Muske. New York: Viking Penguin, 1993. 82 pp. $18.00. The City of Women. By Sherod Santos. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1993. 84 pp. $18.95. Garbage. By A. R. Ammons. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1993. 121 pp. $17.95. After disparaging the predominance of the confessional lyric mode over the past several decades, a number of poets and critics have lately turned to the long narrative poem as a popular antidote to the supposed self-absorption of the contemporary lyric. Would that it were so. While the impulse of this loose coterie--I refer mainly to the New Narrative poets, but to others as well--may be laudable in attempting to broaden the scope, subject, and stance of contemporary poetry, too often I find their means to be unimaginative. It is quite true that, like nearly every poetry school, a few fine poets do work in this mode; but in general the work of

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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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Materialism. By Jorie Graham. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, 1993. 146 pp. $22.00. Red Trousseau. By Carol Muske. New York: Viking Penguin, 1993. 82 pp. $18.00. The City of Women. By […]

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Materialism. By Jorie Graham. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, 1993. 146 pp. $22.00. Red Trousseau. By Carol Muske. New York: Viking Penguin, 1993. 82 pp. $18.00. The City of Women. By […]

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