Seemingly Ordinary Diction: On Leonid Schwab’s “Everburning Pilot”

SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 I USED TO THINK of the weirdly calm lyrics of Rae Armantrout as a uniquely American phenomenon, plausible only in a poetic lineage that runs through William Carlos Williams. But when I read the work of the Russian Leonid Schwab poet in Everburning Pilot — a bilingual volume edited by Alexander Spektor, … Read more

The Paris Review – Bona Nit, Estimat (An Ordinary Night)

Illustration by Na Kim. I can’t fall asleep till my skin—sweaty, sticky, sizzling with bacteria, random fungal itches, swellings, vague histamine eruptions—has been unified by a bath or shower. I wear a white cotton T-shirt softened by age to tame this commotion and to guard my insanely sensitive nipples against the onslaught of, say, the … Read more