Poetry Review: “Last Answers” by Carl Sandburg

Regular readers of MontanaWriter know that inspired by a visit this summer to Galesburg, Illinois, and Carl Sandburg’s birthplace and burial site I have been reading my way through Sandburg’s Collected Poems. (Reading a poet’s collected work cover-to-cover remains after all the best … Continue reading

Book Review: Homage to Robert Frost by Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott

This is the fourth book review in the series “Poets on Poetry.” Reviews of books in this series can be found at“Poets on Poetry.” Robert Frost is the most American of all American poets. He is American in subject, sound, … Continue reading

Book Review: Essays and Introductions by W.B. Yeats

This is the third book review in the series “Poets on Poetry.” Reviews of books in this series can be found at “Poets on Poetry.” In my mid-twenties, I spent a year reading all of Yeats books that I could at … Continue reading

On the Pile Next to My Chair

A regular reader of MontanaWriter recently emailed me asking me what I was reading these days. Since it is in my nature to read more books at one time than I can quickly recall, and since it is also in my nature … Continue reading

Book Review: Poetry and Ambition by Donald Hall

This is the first book review in the series “Poets on Poetry.” The best way to learn about poetry is to read poetry… and to read poets talking about it. With that in mind, over the next few weeks,MontanaWriter will be highlighting a … Continue reading

Poetry Review: “The Clod and the Pebble” by William Blake

Thanksgiving is past. It is the first Sunday in Advent. The themes for today’s readings are light and hope. William Blake seems appropriate somehow. “The Clod and Pebble” is one of Blake’s more familiar poems. It also happens to be … Continue reading