Essays & Journalism

Selected Journalism

“Sicily and the Siren”, Descant 154, Fall 2011.

“No One as Wicked,  as Stylish, as Fun”, review of Paul Muldoon’s Horse Latitudes and The End of the Poem, Toronto Star, March 11th, 2007.

“2006 Griffin Field Notes”, Books-in-Canada, Summer 2006.

“2005 Griffin Field Notes”, Books-in-Canada, Summer 2005.

“Magnificent Muldoon”, review of Paul Muldoon’s Griffin Prize-winning Moy Sand and Gravel, The Globe and Mail, June 21, 2003.

“Sonnets from Sea to Sea”, review of three new sonnet anthologies, Books-in-Canada, April 2003

Five “How Poems Work” columns, The Globe and Mail, October-November 2002.

“The Canoe that Got Away”, (non-fiction story), Geist 44, Spring 2002.

Review of poetry by Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon, The Globe and Mail, June 9th, 2001.

Review of poetry by Don Coles and Karen Connelly, The Globe and Mail, June 17th, 2000.

“Enough Said” (column on quotation, clichés and love talk), The Globe and Mail, Book section, February 12, 2000.

Review of Alberto Manguel’s essays, Books-in-Canada, May 1999.

“Couples and couplets”, The New Brunswick Reader, February 13th, 1999

“Down on the Pharm” (on bio-technology), Shift, August 1998.

“Polar Extremes” (review of books on polar exploration), The Globe and Mail, 22 March 1997.

Further writing and reviews in London Magazine (UK), Poetry Review (UK), The Globe and Mail, Books-in-Canada, The Canadian Forum, The Ottawa Citizen and elsewhere.

 

 Academic (*refereed)

“Don Coles: Desultory Mutterings”, Arc, Summer  2003.

“Not  A Drop of Poetry”, programme essay for the Shaw Festival’s production of The House of Bernarda Alba, Summer 2002.

“Love’s Apprentices: David Solway’s Early Poetry”, David Solway (Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2001)

*”High Seas: Elizabeth Bishop Returns Home”, Canadian Literature 166, Autumn 2000.

“Two Rivers” (Reflections on Du Bellay, poetry and the voice), La Traductiere 18, Spring 2000, Paris.

“The apples of this second Eden” (review of Derek Walcott’s The Bounty), Times Literary Supplement, 19 September 1997.

*”Todos queríamos ser héroes de anécdotas triviales: Words, Action and Anecdote in Borges’ Poetry”, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies,  January 1997, Liverpool.

“The Wind In Spain” (review article on Canadian poetry and the Spanish Civil War), Books-in-Canada, Oct. 1996

“New York and Granada” (review of Lorca books), Times Literary Supplement, 30 January 1993.

“Una guirnalda incompleta para J. G. B.”, Insula, July-August 1990, Madrid, Spain.

*”La codificación del sueño”, Litoral, Spring 1986, Malaga, Spain.

“El Polifemo sin lágrimas: una lectura autorreferencial”, Syntaxis, Spring 1986, Tenerife, Spain.

*”Poetry and Courtship in Góngora’s Polifemo”, Journal of Hispanic Philology, Winter 1985, Florida State University, Tallahassee, U.S.A.