A Precarious Peace: On David Mason’s “Pacific Light”

November 20, 2022 A POET KNOWN for his narratives, like Ludlowthe acclaimed historical-novel-in-verse turned opera, David Mason curates the archipelago of intensely satisfying lyric poems in Pacific Light with the skill of a consummate storyteller. His imaginative sweep is evident in “The Air in Tasmania,” set in his adopted home of Australia, where “the land … Read more

After the ceasefire, before the peace

The Algerians themselves have been curiously absent from many studies of the Algerian War. Yves Courrière and Alistair Horne produced striking general histories of the war but their contacts were better in France than Algeria, and Horne even suggested that the “essential fatalism” of Islam made the Algerians uninterested in their own history. More prosaically, … Read more