Sailing to Babylon - poems by James Pollock
  • Sailing to Babylon:

    (Foreword by Jeffery Donaldson)
    Full-length poetry collection. Available now! (Able Muse Press, 2012)


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    You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada -- additional information
  • You Are Here:
    Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada
    Available now! (The Porcupine's Quill, 2012)


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    James Pollock is the author of Sailing to Babylon (Able Muse Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award in Poetry, runner-up for the Posner Poetry Book Award, and winner of an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association; and You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada (The Porcupine's Quill, 2012), a finalist for the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for a collection of essays. He is also the editor of The Essential Daryl Hine, forthcoming from The Porcupine's Quill. His poems have been published in The Paris Review, AGNI, Poetry Daily, the National Post, and other journals in the U.S. and Canada, broadcast on CBC Radio, and listed in Best Canadian Poetry. Several of his poems appear or are forthcoming in anthologies, including The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology 2013, Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems, and The Poet's Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Spirituality. . . .


    Sailing to Babylon Reviewed at Verse Wisconsin

    Richard Merelman reviews Sailing to Babylon in Verse Wisconsin, calling it "a highly accomplished volume that demonstrates technical mastery, erudition (without pomposity), a meditative lyric sensibility, and easy accessibility." Warm thanks to Richard!

    Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems

    Thrilled that my poem "Radio" appears in the newly-released anthology Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems (Persea, 2014), edited by Gabriel Fried. Very proud to appear in the company of such poets as Marianne Moore, Donald Hall, Linda Gregerson, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, William Matthews, May Swenson, and Robert Pinksy.

    You Are Here Reviewed in Canadian Literature

    I was thrilled to read Laura Cameron's dual-review of my book You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada, and Carmine Starnino's Lazy Bastardism: Essays and Reviews on Contemporary Poetry, in the journal Canadian Literature. Click "Read more" for a taste:

    Rilke Essay in Voltage Poetry

    My essay on Rilke's "Archaic Torso of Apollo" has been published online at Voltage Poetry. Many thanks to editors Kim Addonizio and Michael Theune for giving me a chance to write about one of my favorite poets.

    Echolocations: Poets Map Madison

    Very pleased that an excerpt from my long poem "Quarry Park" has been reprinted in the newly-released anthology Echolocations: Poets Map Madison (Cowfeather Press, 2013), along with poems by John Koethe, Martin Espada, Jesse Lee Kercheval, and many others. Thanks to editors Sarah Busse, Wendy Vardaman, and Shoshanna Shy.

    Interview in Evening Will Come

    In an interview in the November, 2013, issue of the online journal Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics, I discuss the goals of the critic, honesty in criticism, what today's critics are missing, and other critical topics. The editor asks the same questions of twenty-two poetry critics with widely varying approaches and values, from Charles Bernstein and Marjorie Perloff to yours truly.

    Sailing to Babylon Reviewed at the Savvy Reader

    Inderjit Deogun, reviewing Sailing to Babylon at The Savvy Reader, writes "I can’t remember the last time I was so moved by a single collection. After each poem I had to stop and allow myself the time to marvel at Pollock’s mastery. . .  The extraordinary thing about [the book] is Pollock’s ability to recall an action, a moment or an object with tremendous elegance.  . Pollock revisits his past and sees it with absolute understanding. . .

    Excerpt from Griffin Poetry Prize Reading on YouTube

    The Griffin Trust presents an excerpt from the Griffin Poetry Prize finalists' reading on YouTube, in which I read the poem "My Grandmother's Bible."


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