At Length’s founder and poetry editor, Jonathan Farmer, is publishing a great new series this week. It’s called “Short Takes on Long Poems,” and it will include mini-essays by fifty (!) poets on interesting, compelling, or favorite long poems, all from the last seventy years. Many of the entries have links to the original poem, and I’ve spent the part of my day I didn’t spend writing dipping in and out of them, especially Anne Carson’s “The Glass Essay” (introduced on At Length by Dana Levin). R.T. Smith, Michael Leong, Dana Levin, Paisley Rekdal, Cecily Parks, John Poch, Daniel Bosch, Spencer Reece, Michael Ryan, Sam Hamill, Erica Dawson, and Robert Pinsky discuss the poems in Volume One; stay tuned for more next week and for the rest of the month.
(Pictured above: two long cats.)