Dana Levin on Arthur Sze:
As much as a poet of image, Sze is a poet of syntax. Etymology takes me to the Greek, syntaxis: to arrange. In grammar, syntax means “the arrangement of words by which their connection and relation in a sentence are shown” (OED). I could replace “their” with “our” and get at the heart of The Ginkgo Light.
Anton Vander Zee on Mary Ann Samyn:
Critics love talking about poetic careers. And while it is certainly too early to begin speaking of Samyn’s career arc, I would like to declare an end to the first major phase of Samyn’s career.