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Bookforum on 'To Keep Love Blurry' and Confessional Poetry

To Keep Love Blurry A thorough and comprehensive Bookforum review of Craig Morgan Teicher's newest book To Keep Love Blurry finds through the poems a character we can "know and believe." In a complex and lovely exploration of the book's Confessional poetry, reviewer Hannah Brooks-Motl ties Teicher and his new book to two of "mid-century American poetry's big-name Roberts": Robert Lowell and Robert Creeley. "Like Lowell," says the review, "Teicher meticulously probes the intersections of writing poetry and living life. He can be lacerating, as was Lowell, in his depiction of himself as a father and husband. But Teicher's poems also obsessively chart a kind of epistemological and existential anxiety, often in the manner of another mid-century Robert: Creeley, who once enjoined, 'So keep on tracking—life.' When Teicher is at his best, he 'tracks life' in a compelling and singular way." While Teicher's Confessional writing style is one that we've seen varied before, Brooks-Motl suggests it may have an even more receptive audience in today's world. “[Teicher] seems to be making a bet that Confessional poetry might be uniquely suited to twenty-first-century audiences, obsessed as we are with status updates, Twitter feeds, and a kind of endlessly available, ersatz celebrity," she says. "To confess is a tricky thing. Teicher draws on older versions of Confessional poetry to suggest that poems committed to investigating the individual dramas of a single self might still be worth writing, and reading… Teicher knows that ‘honesty’ and confession are performances, things we decide to be and do. And when he chooses, he can do them very well indeed.” Check out the full review, here. Click here to order a copy of To Keep Love Blurry.


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