The American Poetry Review

  • W.S. Merwin and the nameless Paid Member

    The November/December 2010 issue of The American Poetry Review came in the mail today. It features fourteen new poems by W.S. Merwin. Here's one:Looking Up in the Garden‪These trees have no names‬whatever we call themwhere will the meanings bewhen the words are forgottenwill I see againwhere are youwill you be sittingin Fran's living roomwill the dream come backwill I know where I amwill there be birds More »
  • The listener helps tell the story Paid Member

    In my opinion, one mark of a good Buddhist is the ability to put oneself in somebody else’s shoes, to see yourself walking with them. Reading Reginald Gibbons’ column “Elsewhere” in the latest issue of The American Poetry Review I was reminded that this ability can be cultivated through the practice of actively listening to and reading people. Gibbons writes: Listening to ourselves; imagining ourselves as others when we read; coming to understand how we are others to those who speak with us, who read us—all this reminds me of the theory of fiction, if I may call it that, of the writer William Goyen, who remains for me one of the touchstones of my own sense of what writing accomplishes. … More »