Poems in the Language of Death

In 1970 Paul Celan published a single line in the Paris journal L’Ephémère: “La poésie ne s’impose plus, elle s’expose” — Poetry no longer imposes itself, it exposes itself. Exposure resonates throughout Celan’s work: the isolated self, scarified by the horrific forces of history, exposes its wounds to the world in eloquent, gnarled, and deeplyContinue reading “Poems in the Language of Death”

The Independent Spirit of Herbert Gentry

Herbert Gentry was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1919 and died in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2003, at the age of 84. In 2001, he moved permanently to Sweden because America lacked an adequate health care program. Otherwise, he would have likely returned to New York City.  During his lifetime, Gentry lived in Harlem and Chelsea, ManhattanContinue reading “The Independent Spirit of Herbert Gentry”