Michael Berlin

Michael Berlin is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently writing his dissertation with the support of the Donald A. Strauss Foundation, the Michael J. Connell Foundation at the Huntington Library, and the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies at the William A. Clark Memorial Library. His work is forthcoming in Cultural Critique.


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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