on The Collected Prose by Robert Giroux, Elizabeth Bishop

on Night Hurdling; Poems, Essays, Conversations, Commencements, and Afterwords by James Dickey

on The Lives and Legends of Jacques Lacan by Catherine Clément, Arthur Goldhammer

Richard Jackson has published fifteen books of poems and is the author or editor of multiple critical monographs, books in translation, and anthologies. His most recent books are Broken Horizons (Press 53, 2018) and Out of Place (Ashland Poetry Press, 2014); “Take Five,” a prose poetry project with four other poets, is forthcoming.

Revelations and Concealments: Interviewers and Writers (on Interviews with Contemporary Writers: Second Series, 1972-1982 by L. S. Dembo; Acts of Mind: Conversations with Contemporary Poets by Richard Jackson; & Women Writers Talking by Janet Todd)

Objective Subjectivities (on Willingly by Tess Gallagher; Raw Heaven by Molly Peacock; The Evolution of the Flightless Bird by Richard Kenney; The Sorrow of Architecture by Liam Rector; & A Wave by John Ashbery)

Responses to Austen (on Jane Austen and the Drama of Woman by Leroy W. Smith; Jane Austen and Mozart: Classical Equilibrium in Fiction and Music by Robert K. Wallace; & Jane Austen: New Perspectives Women and Literature, New Series, No. 3 by Janet Todd)

The Eye of Heaven


Rita Dove, born in 1952 in Akron, Ohio, earned degrees from Miami University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her record of achievement is unprecedented. When in February 2011 she received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama, she became the first person to have received all three of the country’s highest arts distinctions—the others being the Humanities Medal and a term of service as Poet Laureate (2003–5). She has been a frequent guest of Bill Moyers’ PBS series. In 1987, she received the Pulitzer Prize for her third collection of poems, Thomas and Beulah, which is loosely based on her maternal grandparents’ lives. She also has nine other volumes of poetry: Collected Poems 1974–2004 (2016), Sonata Mulattica (2009), American Smooth (2004), On the Bus with Rosa Parks (1999), Mother Love (1995), Selected Poems (1993), Grace Notes (1989), Museum (1983), and The Yellow House on the Corner (1980). She has published a collection of essays, The Poet’s World (1995); a drama, The Darker Face of the Earth: A Verse Play in Fourteen Scenes (1994); a novel, Through the Ivory Gate (1992); and a collection of short stories, Fifth Sunday (1985). She has edited two volumes, The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2011) and The Best American Poetry 2000 (2000). From 2004 to 2006, Dove served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia. She holds twenty-five honorary doctorates, is a classically trained musician (viola de gamba), and has done numerous musical collaborations, including Seven for Luck, seven poems by Rita Dove with music by John Williams, and Umoja: Each One of Us Counts, music by Alvin Singleton, commissioned by the Atlanta Olympic Summer Games. Since 1989, she has taught at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English.

Jairus’ Daughter