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My Review of Four New Books in the LRC

My review of four new books of poems, by Tim Lilburn, Laurie D. Graham, Jacob McArthur Mooney, and Matt Rader, has been published in the July-August 2016 issue of the Literary Review of Canada.

The Poet's Quest for God

Very pleased that my poem "Sailing to Babylon" appears in a new anthology called The Poet's Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt and Wonder (Eyewear Publishing, 2016), published in London, U.K. The book was edited by Fr. Oliver Brennan and Todd Swift, with Kelly Davio and Cate Myddleton-Evans.

Foreword to The Essential Daryl Hine at Poetry Daily

Delighted that my foreword to The Essential Daryl Hine is a prose feature at Poetry Daily.

Essential Daryl Hine Reviewed in The Partisan

Derek Webster praises The Essential Daryl Hine in The Partisan: "The Essential Daryl Hine makes it obvious that the boy from B.C. really is one of the best we have. I don’t think it’s too great a leap to say that in Pollock, Daryl Hine has found his ideal editor. . . . Reading this selection, it's possible to tune into Hine at the wavelengths on which he was broadcasting. The experience, for me, is tremendous, exquisite and heartbreaking."

One of The Partisan's Best Books of 2015

I'm delighted that The Essential Daryl Hine was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Partisan. Brooke Clark, in his recommendation, describes Hine as "The best Canadian poet most people have never heard of," and adds that "this selection (which includes a brief, thoughtful introduction and a biographical sketch) is the ideal way to get to know a poet who deserves to be better known."

Finding Daryl Hine (Agni Blog Post)

In a short essay that appears on the Agni Blog, I tell about finding and reading Daryl Hine.

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!

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