Stalking the Barbaric Yawp (on Collected Poems by Louis Simpson; Wild Dreams Of A New Beginning by Lawrence Ferlinghetti; Selected Poems: 1938-1988 by Thomas McGrath; Echoes: Poems Left Behind by John Ciardi; & Selected Poems by W. S. Merwin)

Faulkner Criticism’s Inexhaustible Voice (on William Faulkner: American Writer by Frederick R. Karl; Faulkner’s Country Matters: Folklore and Fable in Yoknapatawpha by Daniel Hoffman; Fiction’s Inexhaustible Voice: Speech and Writing in Faulkner by Stephen M. Ross; & The Crossing of the Ways: William Faulkner, The South and the Modern World by Karl F. Zender)

Three Contemporary Masters: Brodkey, Carver, Dubus (on Stories in an Almost Classical Mode by Harold Brodkey; Where I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories by Raymond Carver; & Selected Stories by Andre Dubus)

Greg Johnson, whose reviews have appeared regularly in our pages across many years, has published two novels, five collections of short stories, and several volumes of nonfiction. He lives in Atlanta and teaches in the graduate writing program at Kennesaw State University.

Hard Souls

Actors in the Sky

Bringing It Down

Stephen Dunn is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose. His Degrees of Fidelity: Essays on Poetry and the Latitudes of the Personal,  is due out from Tiger Bark Press in October 2018, and a new collection of poems, Pagan Virtues, is scheduled to be published by W. W. Norton in 2019. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Different Hours, and he has had fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Dunn lives in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.

As Though by Magic You Have Been Unmasked

Ordinary Crambles

“Too Much,” & The Aliens’ Translation Machine

Albert Goldbarth is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, most recently Selfish (2015), Everyday People (2012), and The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972–2007 (2007), all from Graywolf Press. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.