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David Orr

David Orr writes the “On Poetry” column for The New York Times Book Review and also contributes to Slate. His book Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry (Harper Collins, 2011) was selected by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best books of the year. A poet as well, Orr was awarded the 2004 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing of the National Book Critics Circle.


American Poetry: An Allegory

Spring 2012 | Essays

1. If you approach along one of the usual paths, you’ll notice what at first appear to be tumbled walls, broken chimneys, and a series of ruined fortresses or perhaps religious buildings. These are, in fact, the fossilized remains of the previous [...]