Jeff Gundy

Jeff Gundy’s seven books of poems include Abandoned Homeland (Bottom Dog, 2015) and Somewhere Near Defiance (Anhinga, 2014); he was named Ohio Poet of the Year for the latter. His most recent prose book is Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace (Cascadia, 2013). His essays and poems can be found in the Sun, Kenyon Review, Forklift, OhioChristian Century, Image, Cincinnati Review, Terrain, and many other journals—including GR. A 2008 Fulbright lecturer at the University of Salzburg, Gundy teaches at Bluffton University in Ohio.

 

Georgia Review Archive for Jeff Gundy

on James Wright: A Life in Poetry by Jonathan Blunk

on Spells for Victory and Courage by Dana Fitz Gale

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 Trails: 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; and Inheritance of Horses by James Kilgo)

on The Glass Hammer: A Southern Childhood by Andrew Hudgins

Does Style Make the Woman (on The Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women, edited 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; and 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, edited 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; and 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; and 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; and 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, edited by Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young; Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters: The First Fifty Years, 1912-1962, edited by Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young; and Poets of the New Century, edited 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; and 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, edited 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, edited by Robert Phillips; and 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 and 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; and 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; and 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; and 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; and 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