Saturday, November 26, 2016

Rilke at the movies

Carla Juri as Paula Modersohn-Becker and Joel Basman as Rilke in 'Paula'

Rainer Maria Rilke may be one of the twentieth-century writers least likely to appear on a movie screen: his poetry is lyrical, even ephemeral and not theatrical in the least.

Rilke cherished solitude as a vital prerequisite for his work, though it meant living apart from his wife and daughter much of the time. Many of the poet's other important relationships were conducted largely through the mail. Not the stuff of great cinema, one might think.

Despite this, two new German film biopics feature Rilke as a main character. I reviewed them in the November/December 2016 issue of PN Review.

Monday, June 27, 2016

A woman who set her own course



Lou Andreas-Salome (1861-1937) was one of the most influential European intellectuals of her day and a confidante of Nietzsche, Rilke and Freud. A new film by Cordula Kablitz-Post tells the story of her extraordinary life. I reviewed the film for World Literature Today:

Read the review here.

Photo credit: Sebastian Geyer/avanti media fiction

Friday, January 1, 2016

New poetry from both sides of the Atlantic

Rebecca Perry

In the new issue of The Manhattan Review, I look at Rebecca Perry's debut collection, Beauty/Beauty, and new books by Greta Stoddart, Neil Shepard and Martha Kapos.

Review the review here.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A love relived and other poems

Sally Read

In the new issue of The Manhattan Review, I look at new collections from four poets: Jody Bolz and Angie Estes from the United States, Sally Read from Britain and David McLoghlin from Ireland.

In Jody Bolz's Shadow Play, which she describes as "a novella in verse," a middle-aged woman imagines her way back to a past marriage, asking herself what it can tell her about her life now.

Read the review here.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Jazzing the classics

Clare Pollard

In the new issue of The Manhattan Review, I take a look at two British poets with a new take on the classics: Clare Pollard translates Heroides (Heroines)--Ovid's most popular work during his lifetime--and Alice Oswald re-imagines the Iliad.

Read the review here.