Volume 58 Number 1
Laura van den Berg
The spring issue, celebrating fifty-eight years of publication for The Hudson Review, is fiction free, focusing instead on criticism, cultural essays, and poetry.
The spring issue, celebrating fifty-eight years of publication for The Hudson Review, is fiction free, focusing instead on criticism, cultural essays, and poetry. There are three stunning poems from Rachael Hadas, including “Light Bulbs and Soap”: “September: sunny afternoon. / Stroll with my sister once again. / Drained by two hours of angry sleep, / limp, drowsy, I less stroll than droop. / Watch out, though. Something fin-like slides / up from the river as if to slice / our futures. Yours is granite; mine / is thorns and mist. It cuts through both.” Margaux Poueymirou’s “Starlings” and Elizabeth Harrington’s “Vacancy” are also standouts. The topics of the critical essays range from Troy to William Empson to Kierkegaard, while the “Chronicles” examine The American Ballet’s fall season, theater, film, The New York City Opera, and Edvard Much at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I highly recommend this edition of The Hudson Review, especially for those who enjoy critical writing. [www.thehudsonreview.com] –Laura van den Berg