Review: James Longenbach’s The Virtues of Poetry

By Matt Kilbane, Poetry Co-Editor My admiration for James Longenbach’s new collection of essays, The Virtues of Poetry, has everything to do with this poet-critic’s bifocals, his capacity to take the short- and long-view simultaneously and with equal rigor. It’s a bird’s eye intimacy, made possible by a kind of thoroughgoing poetic piety, an abiding … Continue reading Review: James Longenbach’s The Virtues of Poetry

2012 Wabash Poetry Prize Results!

By Matt Kilbane, Poetry Co-Editor We’re thrilled to announce that “What I Mean When I Say Elijah-Man,” by Geffrey Davis, has been selected by poet Nikky Finney to receive the 2012 Wabash Poetry Prize. We received hundreds of excellent submissions, and our weeks and weeks of reading only affirmed the vitality and breadth of the … Continue reading 2012 Wabash Poetry Prize Results!

Stuff To Buy If You’re A Soldier In The War On The War On Christmas: Literary Gift Ideas For Specific Kinds Of People From Sycamore’s Editors

By Jacob Sunderlin, Rosalie Moffett, Conor Broughan, and Matt Kilbane BOOK FOR A CRATE-DIGGING VINYL SNOB How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life (2000) by John Fahey Drag City Books, $15.00 Do you have one of those uncles who has more square-footage of used records than he has money in the bank? Does he sometimes wonder … Continue reading Stuff To Buy If You’re A Soldier In The War On The War On Christmas: Literary Gift Ideas For Specific Kinds Of People From Sycamore’s Editors

Wabash Poetry Prize: Why We Want Your Poems in the Sycamore Review

By Matt Kilbane, Co-Poetry Editor Here’s something we know, whether we know it or not: there is only One Poem. To put it uncomfortably, and in no way plainly: this One Poem burns/floats/transpires always beneath/above/within us, pulsing in all its obscure glory and redolent music, as conduit to the human soul and psyche. When you’re … Continue reading Wabash Poetry Prize: Why We Want Your Poems in the Sycamore Review