I’m no scholar, but I feel like one when I read The Paris Review. It features the finest contemporary writers and poets. The latest issue has two feature stories and I loved both. One on the art of poetry by James Fenton and the other on fiction by Roberto Calasso. (Maira Kalman’s illustration is also featured!)
It’s been a long time since I’ve delved into poetry but this poem from Geoffrey H. Hartman featured in the latest issues gave me flutters. I want to rifle through our bookshelves, cozy up, and get literary — with a cup of hot chocolate, of course.
Do you memorize poetry? Have a favorite poet, old or new? Is there anything you read that makes you feel particularly smart?
Beautiful image of Issue 56 (from 1973!) found on Reckon.
P.S. — Their Tumblr about made me laugh: For the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe grinders. So long as they’re good.