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Poems, prose, and the New Yorker

After James Merrill described Elizabeth Bishop as "a poet's poet's poet," reviewers repeated the witticism as if it were true. Actually, beginning with her first book, Bishop got awards and grants — that master poet politician Robert Lowell was in her co
Elizabeth Bishop goes pop
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  February 04, 2011
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Plain spoken

In American prose, there is a plain style, a child of the 20th century, descending from Hemingway and Cather. The best New Yorker writers — James Thurber, Joseph Mitchell, Janet Malcolm — have it.
Colm Tóibín's see-through prose
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  June 19, 2009