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Brian Henry

Brian Henry is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Graft (New Issues, 2003), and the editor of On James Tate (Michigan, 2004). He edits the journal Verse.


from Quarantine

Winter 2005 | Poetry

Though I rarely slept I never missed sleep I had learned to move as little as necessary to work without effort to watch my wife and son cry he cried in his sleep my wife never spoke to me except to say she would kill me but she never raised a hand sh [...]

New Scaffolding for New Arrangements

Spring 2004 | Essays

Pursuing the effect of Gerard Manley Hopkins's "He heightens worth who guardedly diminishes," Charles Wright's early lyrics are taut, controlled, and highly compressed. Although their diction is neither unnatural nor stilted, the poems are less colloquial than his later poems, their scaffolding less capacious.

The Odyssey Revisited

Meadowlands. By Louise Glück. Ecco Press. $22.00.Since Homer introduced that wily traveler Odysseus to the world, countless poets have attempted to resurrect the tale and make it their own. Odysseus' ten-year voyage home has become an undeniable par [...]


Three Vignettes From Berlin

Summer 2013 | Essays

It seemed that every moment winter would touch its own back. The year’s last snow melted in the daytime, budded again overnight from sidewalks and car hoods, consuming into March and then into April days the deep patience of the most euphoric innkeepers, who at the first rays of better prospects populated the sidewalks with tables and chairs.