About Joseph Campana

Joseph Campana is a poet, critic, and scholar of Renaissance literature. He is the author of The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity (Fordham UP, 2012), and two collections of poetry, The Book of Faces (Graywolf, 2005) and Natural Selections (2012), which received the Iowa Poetry Prize. His poems appear in Slate, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, and many other venues. He has received grants from the NEA and the Houston Arts Alliance. Current projects include a study of Shakespeare entitled The Child’s Two Bodies and a collection of poems entitled The Book of Life. He teaches literature and creative writing at Rice University. Find his website here.        

This Living Hand

I’m thinking about hands, but Jasper Johns, not Frank O’Hara, is to blame. Earnest grasping. That was what John Keats imagined the warm, living hand capable of performing in his eerie and insistent late poem “This Living Hand.” This poem…

A Footnote on Moral Turpitude

As if the case of Sebastian Horsley couldn’t get stranger. A recent piece (dare we call it opinion or reporting?) in the New York Times (and no wonder they don’t have room for serious journalism or more literary reviews with…

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