The Hollins Critic, published five times a year, presents the first serious surveys of the whole bodies of contemporary writers’ work, with complete checklists. In past issues, you’ll find essays on such writers as John Engels (by David Huddle), James McCourt (by David Rollow), Jane Hirshfield (by Jeanne Larsen), Edwidge Danticat (by Denise Shaw), Vern Rutsala (by Lewis Turco), Sarah Arvio (by Lisa Williams), and Milton Kessler (by Liz Rosenberg).
The Hollins Critic also offers brief reviews of books you want to know about and poetry by poets both new and established. And every issue has a cover portrait by Susan Avishai M.A. ’02.
Excerpt from October 2015
“The Drawbridge to the Plain Road: Elise Partridge’s Poetry of Life and Death,” by Nicholas Birns. “In our age, to die before old age is a good way to become canonical. David Foster Wallace, Roberto Bolaño, W. G. Sebald, though already writers of considerable esteem, became unquestioned greats through their death In our age, to die before old age is a good way to become canonical. David Foster Wallace, Roberto Bolaño, W. G. Sebald, though already writers of considerable esteem, became unquestioned greats through their deaths. To write an essay on the poetry of Elise Partridge shortly after her own untimely passing might be seen to ratify this canonicity of death: which is something not just ghoulish, but proceeds from death making an oeuvre fulfilled, complete, ripe for academic harvest. But what I want to write about is the robust life of Partridge’s poems, even as they tend towards death.”
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