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March 30, 2020

Joseph’s Book Reviewed in NY Times, London Review of Books, and Commonweal

Professor Lawrence Joseph’s book A Certain Clarity: Selected Poems was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review on March 17. In “Thinking About Empire and Economy, With a Lawyer’s Mind and a Poet’s Words,” Paul Franz writes:  “An intensely realized, intimate epic of modern American life . . . A Certain Clarity is a major work of American art.”

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A Certain Clarity was also reviewed in the March 19 issue of the London Review of Books by Michael Hofmann, who, in “On Lawrence Joseph,” writes: “Joseph has written five books of his stark and beautiful poems . . . Almost uniquely among contemporary American poets, Joseph doesn’t retail privities, doesn’t chase the miniscule scraps of sublimity left to us, doesn’t return to his literal or figurative cabin in the woods.”

Also, a feature on Joseph’s life and work by Anthony Domestico appeared in Commonweal on March 17. In “The Inexhaustible Poetry of Lawrence Joseph,” Domestico writes: “Since 1983, Joseph has been publishing books of poetry that, in their formal control and moral witness, match anything published in the past half-century . . . The range of Joseph’s writing  in this book, and throughout his career, is awesome.”

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