Merrill Honored/SL Poetry Festival

April 12, 2006

Poetry


In Honor of Merrill
Borzoi’s feature poet for today is James Merrill, who died 11 years ago. Two weeks after his death, I purchased an anthology of his work. It sits at my beside. Merrill and “his longtime partner, David Jackson, began conversing with angelic spirits and dear departed friends via a Quija board in the mid-1950s and continued the adventure over the next several decades. The Changing Light at Sandover (1980)…tells the story of these events.”


Sarah Lawrence Festival
The largest free poetry festival in New York State will take place on April 21-23 at
Sarah Lawrence College. It includes poets such as Frank Bidart, Gerald Stern, Eleanor Wilner, Jean Valentine, Marie Ponsot, Stephen Dunn, Claudia Rankine, Nick Flynn, David Baker, Mark Bibbins, Joel Brouwer, Rigoberto Gonzalez, and Mark Conway.


Prose


A Look at Flaubert
“Happy are they who don’t doubt themselves and whose pens fly across the page,” Gustave Flaubert wrote in 1847, when he was 25. “I myself hesitate, I falter, I become angry and fearful, my drive diminishes as my taste improves, and I brood more over an ill-suited word than I rejoice over a well-proportioned paragraph.” That’s the essence of the famed French writer as captured by Frederick Brown in Flaubert: A Biography. It is reviewed by New York Times critic
William Grimes.


First Chapters
The New York Times has published the first chapters of the following books:
Untold Stories by Alan Bennett, The Swamp by Michael Grunwald, and Brookland by Emily Barton.

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