Its a good thing Brazil lies far from New England, for without such continental separation it might have been impossible for the friendship of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell to have survived.
Frederick Seidel is a master builder. Using metaphor and concrete imagery he erects majestic properties of opulent proportion. But what he builds he also destroys, making him a closed system: an architect who contracts with both the muse and the devil.
Christopher Reid, who edited Ted Hughes, has done a painstaking and meticulous job of assembling and annotating the poets selected letters. He thanks Hughess wife Carol for watching benignly and patiently over the entire operation, and it could have been no small patience to choose these three hundred dense letters from several thousand that are archived.
Full of innovative stylistic flourishes and classic noir motifs, Abraham Rodriguezs new crime novel South by South Bronx is infused with the right balance of new and old.