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 in anthologies, including The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology 2013, Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems, and Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry . . . .


    Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry

    Thrilled that my poem "Sailing to Babylon" appears in the exciting new anthology Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry, edited by Evan Jones and Amanda Jernigan, and published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Other contributors include many of the best modern and contemporary Canadian poets.

    You Are Here Reviewed in UTQ

    Robert Stacey, reviewing You Are Here in the Letters in Canada 2012 issue of the (pay walled) University of Toronto Quarterly (Vol. 82, No. 3, Spring 2014), writes, "The readings Pollock offers are thoughtful, knowledgeable, and precise. He is truly an excellent close reader of poems, his technical vocabulary is superb, and his command of the tradition enables him to tease out allusions and echoes of other works that are likely to be missed by the more casual reader. . . There is no doubt that You Are Here will be appreciated by many, especially practising poets and aspiring critics."

    Sailing to Babylon Reviewed in UTQ

    A great pleasure to read Brent Wood's review of Sailing to Babylon in the University of Toronto Quarterly, where he writes, "Pollock shines brightly in 'Quarry Park,' a long poem." Click "Read More" for an excerpt.

    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.


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