Limits, Myths, and Morals

on Promethean Ethics: Living with Death, Competition, and Triage by Garrett Hardin

on The Right Promethean Fire: Imagination, Science, and Cultural Change by Ihab Hassan

on Desperate Characters by Paula Fox, Irving Howe; & The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard

A Centered Voice: Susan Sontag’s Short Fiction (on I, Etcetera by Susan Sontag)

Poets, Projects, and Personalities (on Enlarging the Temple: New Directions in American Poetry during the 1960s by Charles Altieri; The Fierce Embrace: A Study of Contemporary American Poetry by Charles Molesworth; & Part of Nature, Part of Us: Modern American Poets by Helen Vendler)

On Women and Art (on The Obstacle Race by Germaine Greer; & Feminist Collage by Judy Loeb)

Dimensions of Reality (on A Romance by Bruce Weigl; The Names You Gave It by Wayne Dodd; Mortal Acts, Mortal Words by Galway Kinnell; & God’s Measurements by Laurence Lieberman)


David Wagoner has published nineteen books of poems—most recently After the Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2012)—and ten novels, including The Escape Artist (1965), which Francis Ford Coppola made into a movie in 1982. Winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and many other honors, he was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for twenty-three years, edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 to 2002, and is professor emeritus of English at the University of Washington. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program of the Whidbey Island Writers Workshop.