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Troy Jollimore is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Chico. His most recent books are Love's Vision and At Lake Scugog: Poems, both from Princeton University Press.

Singing the Animal Soul: The Poetry of Galway Kinnell

RETROSPECTIVE

Singing the Animal Soul: The Poetry of Galway Kinnell

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A new collection highlights the way one America's greatest poets confronted the parts of human nature civilization attempts to deny.
Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2016

POEMS

Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2016

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A new collection of Frank Bidart's poetry -- longlisted for the National Book Award -- is "one of this year's major English-language poetry events." Review by Troy Jollimore.
A Letter from the Bottom of the World: On Robert Lowell, Poetry and Madness

ARTISTS

A Letter from the Bottom of the World: On Robert Lowell, Poetry and Madness

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The work of Robert Lowell has always been colored by his legendary bouts with mental illness. Now, Kay Renfield Jamison's "Setting the River on Fire" looks at the intersection of poetry and...
On Friendship

PHILOSOPHY

On Friendship

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Do we love our friends because we understand something special about them? Alexander Nehamas thinks we have it precisely backwards. Review by Troy Jollimore....
The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New

ESSAYS

The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New

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Why do we read Annie Dillard? To find out what happens when a writer takes on the impossible task of capturing what lies beyond words. Review by Troy Jollimore.
In Defense of Clutter

SELF-HELP

In Defense of Clutter

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Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" has sold two million copies and revamped many a home. Troy Jollimore ponders what exactly it is that we're throwing away.
James Merrill: Life and Art

JAMES MERRILL

James Merrill: Life and Art

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The multiple selves of James Merrill emerge in Langdon Hammer's new biography. Review by Troy Jollimore.
Stardust in Antarctica: Jynne Dilling Martin

BEYOND CATEGORY

Stardust in Antarctica: Jynne Dilling Martin

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A writer's sojourn on Earth's most mysterious continent produces a collection of urgent, dreamlike poems about our swiftly tilting planet.
Sometimes an Art

HISTORY

Sometimes an Art

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Can the present ever see the past clearly?
Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

lives

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

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A new life of the poet who gloried in the mundane. Reviewed by Troy Jollimore.
A Place in the Country

Reviews & Essays

A Place in the Country

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Essays from the author of Austerlitz offer clues to the inner life of a beloved but often enigmatic writer.

A Guide for the Perplexed

Reviews & Essays

A Guide for the Perplexed

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The life of a medieval philosopher -- and the questions of mortality with which he grappled -- is braided with a modern story of technology and terror.