Michael Berlin

Michael Berlin is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Irvine, where he is writing his dissertation on the ode with the support of the Mellon Foundation and the Council for European Studies at Columbia University. His work has appeared in The Georgia Review and in Cultural Critique, and he is a proud member of the Community Reading Group at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, where he edits their periodical, Counter.

Reviews

Global Poetics: Reactive and Relational (on Jahan Ramazani’s Poetry in a Global Age; Walt Hunter’s Forms of a World: Contemporary Poetry and the Making of Globalization; and Édouard Glissant’s Treatise on the Whole-World, translated by Celia Britton)

The emergence of the term global poetics has had a belated beginning in the Anglophone world. Only recently have scholars, most of whom were trained at the University of Virginia, used this term to place poetry within a global frame. For much of the past two decades, debates surrounding what has been called “world literature” […]

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Reviews

on The Prime Anniversary by Jay Wright

Jay Wright’s new collection, The Prime Anniversary, begins with a wedding song for the lost. Borrowing from the Sapphic fragment ὦ καλή, ὦ χαρίεσσα (“o beautiful, o graceful”), its epigraph apostrophizes absence and begins a ceremony whose actors wait in the wings. Through the course of the work, the object of address becomes a variable […]

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