Jeff Gundy

Jeff Gundy’s sixth and seventh books of poems are Abandoned Homeland (Bottom Dog, 2015) and Somewhere Near Defiance (Anhinga Press, 2014); he was named 2015 Ohio Poet of the Year for the latter. His most recent work can be found in the Sun, Christian Century, North American Review, Slippery Elm, and Cincinnati Review. After a sabbatical teaching writing at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, he is back at Bluffton University in Ohio.

Georgia Review Archive for Jeff Gundy

on Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment Is a Religious Issue—An Interfaith Dialogue by Steven C. Rockefeller and John C. Elder

How Others Have Lived Here (on When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmerelda Santiago; Devotion: A Memoir by Miriam Levine; Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest by Chris Anderson; & Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World by Scott Russell Sanders)

Can White Guys Write? (on Paper Trail: Essays by Michael Dorris; A Geometry of Lilies: Life and Death in an American Family by Steven Harvey; A Place That’s Known by Michael Pearson; & Inheritance of Horses by James Kilgo)

The Glass Hammer: A Southern Childhood by Andrew Hudgins

Does Style Make the Woman (on The Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women by Wendy Martin; Wild Ride: Earthquakes, Sneezes and Other Thrills by Bia Lowe; Writing the World by Kelly Cherry; Field of Vision by Lisa Knopp; & Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places by Naomi Shihab Nye)

Lullabies in Reverse (on Invisible Horses by Patricia Goedicke; Green Ash, Red Maple, Black Gum by Michael Waters; Trespasser by R. T. Smith; Stalking Joy by Margaret Benbow; & Heavy Grace by Robert Cording)

Lives Worth Reading (on Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir by William Zinsser; Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life by Bell Hooks; Scratching the Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm by David Kline; This Death by Drowning by William Kloefkorn; & Moses Unchained by Marilyn F. Moriarty)

Position, Connection, Conviction (on Reluctantly: Autobiographical Essays by Hayden Carruth; What the Twilight Says: Essays by Derek Walcott; Twenty Questions by J. D. McClatchy; Stealing Glimpses: Of Poetry, Poets, and Things in Between by Molly McQuade; & After-Images: Autobiographical Sketches by W. D. Snodgrass)

Handling the Truth (on The Lost Suitcase: Reflections on the Literary Life by Nicholas Delbanco; A Childhood in the Milky Way: Becoming a Poet in Ohio by David Brendan Hopes; The Night Gardener: A Search for Home by Marjorie Sandor; A Little Fling and Other Essays by Sam Pickering; & In Montaigne’s Tower by Hilary Masters)

Cathedrals, Churches, Caves: Notes on Architecture, History, and Worship

This Point in Space and Time (on The Boy with the Thorn in His Side: A Memoir by Keith Fleming; Honky by Dalton Conley; Dreaming of Columbus: A Boyhood in the Bronx by Michael Pearson; Winning the Dust Bowl by Carter Revard; & Cidermaster of Rio Oscura by Harvey Frauenglass)

Taste and the Open Door (on The Poetry Anthology, 1912-2002: Ninety Years of America’s Most Distinguished Verse Magazine by Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young; Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters: The First Fifty Years, 1912-1962 by Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young; & Poets of the New Century by Roger Weingarten and Richard Higgerson)

New Maps of the Territories: On Mennonite Writing (on Sweeter Than All the World by Rudy Wiebe; The Breath You Take from the Lord by Patrick Friesen; Now You Care by Di Brandt; Searching for Intruders: A Novel in Stories by Stephen Raleigh Byler; & The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life by Julia Kasdorf)

What Do Poets Know? (on Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life by Sharon Bryan and William Olsen; Open House: Writers Redefine Home by Mark Doty; The Vehement Passions by Philip Fisher; The Madness of Art: Interviews with Poets and Writers by Robert Phillips; & The Healing Art: A Doctor’s Black Bag of Poetry by Rafael Campo)

on Borges’ Travel, Hemingway’s Garage: Secret Histories by Mark Axelrod

Among the Erratics (on Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser; The Morning of the Red Admirals by Robert Dana; From the Meadow: Selected and New Poems by Peter Everwine; Tristimania by Mary Ruefle; The Orchard by Brigit Pegeen Kelly; Desire Lines: New and Selected Poems by Lola Haskins; Invisible Bride by Tony Tost; & Goldbeater’s Skin by G. C. Waldrep)

Form and Range (on Fourteen on Form: Conversations with Poets by William Baer & Range of the Possible: Conversations with Contemporary Poets by Tod Marshall)

Where Do We Discover What We Believe? (on Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil by C. D. Wright; The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience by Ann Lauterbach; Poetry and What Is Real by Richard Tillinghast; Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry by Peter Middleton; The Extravagant: & Crossings of Modern Poetry and Modern Philosophy by Robert Baker)

Vision and Virtuosity (on Half/Mask by Roger Mitchell; Escaping the House of Certainty by Susan Ludvigson; My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again by Daisy Fried; Wind in a Box by Terrance Hayes; & This Clumsy Living by Bob Hicok)

What We Notice, What We Know (on In the Mind’s Eye: Essays across the Animate World by Elizabeth Dodd; Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains by Barbara Hurd; & Seven Notebooks: Poems by Campbell McGrath)

Hard Books (on Jack Gilbert’s The Dance Most of All; April Bernard’s Romanticism; W. S. Merwin’s The Shadow of Sirius; Jim Harrison’s In Search of Small Gods; Nina Cassian’s Continuum; D. Nurkse’s The Border Kingdom: Poems; & Lucia Perillo’s Inseminating the Elephant)

If Not Us, Who? (on Michael McClure’s Mysteriosos and Other Poems; Brenda Hillman’s Practical Water; Mark Nowak’s Coal Mountain Elementary; Kazim Ali’s Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities; Rachel Loden’s Dick of the Dead; and Brian Turner’s Phantom Noise)

Patterns in the Welter (on Maggie Smith’s The List of Dangers; Hugh Martin’s So, How Was the War?; Lynn Shoemaker’s A Catch in the Throat of Allah; Josie Sigler’s Calamity; Lynn Wagner’s No Blues This Raucous Song; Tracy S. Youngblom’s Driving to Heaven; Peter Filkins’ Augustine’s Vision; Hildred Crill’s The Upstairs Hammer; & Philip Metres’ The Abu Ghraib Arias)

on Selected Correspondence of Kenneth Patchen

on City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology: 60th Anniversary Edition, edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

on Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses, edited by Bill Henderson