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William Logan

William Logan's new book of criticism, Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure (Columbia), has just been published. He was born in Boston in 1950 and educated at Yale and the University of Iowa. He is the author of ten volumes of poetry, Sad-faced Men (1982), Difficulty (1985), Sullen Weedy Lakes (1988), Vain Empires (1998), Night Battle (1999), Macbeth in Venice (2003), The Whispering Gallery (2005), Strange Flesh (Penguin, 2008), and Deception Island: Selected Early Poems (2011). He is also the author of six books of essays and reviews, All the Rage (1998), Reputations of the Tongue (1999, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism), Desperate Measures (2002), The Undiscovered Country (2005, winner of the National Book Critics Award in Criticism), Our Savage Art (2009), and Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure (2014).  His edition of John Townsend Trowbridge's lost classic, Guy Vernon, was published by University of Minnesota Press in the spring of 2012. He has received the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry, the Academy of American Poets' Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award, the National Book Critics Circle's Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, Poetry's J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize, Sewanee Review's Allen Tate Prize, Centenary College's Corrington Medal, and the Randall Jarrell Award of the Pegasus Foundation. He teaches at the University of Florida, where he is Alumni/ae Professor of English, and lives in Florida and Cambridge, England.

article archive

The glory days | December 2014

On Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück; Accepting the Disaster, by Joshua Mehigan; If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?, by Matthea Harvey; Gabriel, by Edward Hirsch; One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, by Paul Muldoon; The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems, by John Berryman


Saga | October 2014


Civil power | June 2014

Reviews of Caribou , by Charles Wright; Directing Herbert White, by James Franco; The Road to Emmaus, by Spencer Reece; Roget’s Illusion, by Linda Bierds; and Broken Hierarchies: Poems, 1952–2012, by Geoffrey Hill, edited by Kenneth Haynes.


Dickinson’s nothings | April 2014

Learning from Emily Dickinson's envelope poems


Robins in love | January 2014

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Vain Empires

Vain Empires

by William Logan

 

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Difficulty: Poems

Difficulty: Poems

by William Logan

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