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.        

What’s in a Name?

Cliches about the thefts of writers abound. It’s not that writers are plagiarists–though perhaps sometimes they are–but the truisms about writers knowing how to steal from other writers are near omnipresent. What about titles? According to a recent article in…

Auden’s Art

I’ve never been a devotee of W.H. Auden–not because I don’t respect the poetry. Other voices have simply been nearer and dearer to my heart. Maybe, too, that ethereally magisterial (dare I say upper-class) demeanor makes me feel distanced from…

Deborah Digges and the Force of Elegy

I’ve been trying for a few years now to understand elegy. This is not to speak of not knowing what the definition of elegy is or not knowing where to find astonishing instances of elegiac writing. Rather, what’s the appeal…

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