Kenneth Allott and the Cleft Stick

by D. H. Tracy Kenneth Allott. Collected Poems. Edited by Michael Murphy. Salt Publishing 2008. 169 pp. $18.95 (paper) ✥✥✥ Some lines from Kenneth Allott’s anthology piece “Lament for a Cricket Eleven,” about the taking of a photograph and the fates of its eleven subjects: From the camera hood he looks at the faces Like the spectral pose of the praying mantis. Watch for the dicky-bird. But, O my dear, That bird will not migrate this... Read More

The Work of a Critic

by Morris Dickstein First published in the Chronicle Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 2, 2012 The role of critics varies greatly according to the mission they imagine for themselves and the audience they address. Academic critics writing for their peers will take a different tack from public critics speaking to a general audience, large or small, or from writers themselves using criticism to carve out a space for their own work. Surprisingly,... Read More

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