David Yezzi's latest collection of poems is Birds of the Air (Carnegie Mellon). A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Mr. Yezzi has contributed poems and criticism to The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry, The Yale Review, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. A former Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University, he is the author of Azores (Swallow Press), The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly), and the chapbook Sad Is Eros from Aralia Press.
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Features April 2017
Anthony Hecht & the trauma of war
On memory and pain in the works of the American poet.
Features April 2016
“Transposingly in love”: Hecht & Shakespeare
On Anthony Hecht’s engagement with Shakespeare.
Features April 2015
“Poetry & Truth”
Poets, like journalists, historians, are after the truth. But what kind of truth, exactly, do we find in poetry?
Notebook January 2015
Mark Strand, 1934-2014
Remembering the poet, artist, and critic.
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Mar 10, 2010
A reading from “Bright Wings” at the American Museum of Natural History
Sep 08, 2009
About poetry, the great modernist poet Marianne Moore famously groused "I, too, dislike it. " Sometimes I know exactly how she feels.
Aug 10, 2009
I’m teaching an eight-week class at the 92nd Street Y again this fall called On Prosody: A Poetry Workshop. Here’s a brief description from the Poetry Center’s website: “Students will explore the ways in which traditional meters and verse techniques may be used to make music in poetry.
Apr 07, 2009
I'll be reading from canto 4 in the16th annual performance of Dante’s Inferno at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Thursday, April 9th at 9 PM.
Apr 24, 2017
Poetry editor David Yezzi and executive editor James Panero discuss The New Criterion’s special poetry issue; Poetry Prize winner John Foy reads from his collection of poems Night Vision.
Jan 19, 2010
The Goldring Arts Journalism Program S. I. New House School of Public Communications at Syracuse University honors “The New Criterion.”