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Daniel Bosch

In 1998, Daniel Bosch was awarded the first Boston Review Poetry Prize for four poems riffing on films starring Tom Hanks. His work has been published in journals such as Poetry, Slate, The TLS, Agni, Berfrois, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, The Fortnightly Review, and The Paris Review, and a collection of his poems, Crucible, was published by Other Press in 2002. His set of triolets called Octaves is downloadable for free at beardofbees.com. Daniel has taught writing at Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University, Merrimack College, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and Emory University.

Articles

‘Pride’s Round’ by Daniel Bosch

‘Pride’s Round’ by Daniel Bosch

Proud as I am, Michaela, proud as I am / Of my eyes’ blue...

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 9

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 9

What shocked me was how quickly I said to myself, in earnest certainty, that...

‘Come Here My Little Piece of Shit!’ by Naomi Huan

‘Come Here My Little Piece of Shit!’ by Naomi Huan

Grandma waves at me. I run and jump into her arms. I take deep smells...

Primo Levi on Translating and Being Translated

Primo Levi on Translating and Being Translated

Genesis tells us that the first men had only one language: this made them...

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 8

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 8

Episode 8 features a spectacular short poem by Derek Walcott, number XXVIII in the...

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 7

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 7

In the case of “An Arundel Tomb,” the work of art described is a...

‘Photos’, ‘Memory’ and ‘Knife’ by Kaushik Barua

‘Photos’, ‘Memory’ and ‘Knife’ by Kaushik Barua

My sorrow hands me a knife says, here chisel me a poem

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 6

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 6

This episode features a “Chorus” spoken late in Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy,...

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 5

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 5

Welcome to Episode 5 of Human on My Faithless Arm, a series in which...

‘In memoriam Dupree Bolton’, ‘Banlieue’ and ‘Sfumato: John Singer Sargent’ by Ian Pople

That time at dusk. The barn owl beats up and down beside the meadow fence

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 4

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 4

The fourth episode features my recitation of Sylvia Plath’s “Blackberrying” and some commentary on...

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 3

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 3

It is difficult for me to express the extent of my admiration for “Annabel...

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 2

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 2

Welcome back to Human on My Faithless Arm, a series of recitations of great...

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 1

Human on My Faithless Arm: Ep. 1

Welcome to Human on My Faithless Arm, a series of recitations of great poems...

‘In Memory of Derek Walcott’ by Daniel Bosch

‘In Memory of Derek Walcott’ by Daniel Bosch

If I take my grief to the beach And scan my blurred reflection

Daniel Bosch: Brogue, Seriously?

Daniel Bosch: Brogue, Seriously?

On April 6, 1327, in Avignon, in the Kingdom of Arles, an Italian scholar...

‘Home Thoughts from Aboard Continental Flight 94’ by Daniel Bosch

‘Home Thoughts from Aboard Continental Flight 94’ by Daniel Bosch

by Daniel Bosch In memory of Joseph Brodsky 1 Horizontal Babel, Your high-pitched hex...

Destroyed Human Bodies

Destroyed Human Bodies

I will try to clarify, in eight points, why it is important—today—to look at...

”The Child is Father to the Man” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

”The Child is Father to the Man” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

‘The child is father to the man.' How can he be? The words are wild.

‘The Grave’ by Miller Oberman

‘The Grave’ by Miller Oberman

After my father died but before I died, we sat at the edge of the sea

‘Contentment’ by Oliver Wendell Holmes

‘Contentment’ by Oliver Wendell Holmes

by Oliver Wendell Holmes “Man wants but little here below” Little I ask; my...

Daniel Bosch on Adam Kirsch

When it comes to the photograph’s translation into language, shouldn’t the elements of such...

‘Thetis’s Heel’ by Hester Knibbe

‘Thetis’s Heel’ by Hester Knibbe

Even gods, though they were born in our own heads, died out to myth.

Daniel Bosch on Yang Mu

Daniel Bosch on Yang Mu

Yang Mu’s verse autobiographical prose, like his verse, relies on close observation of Taiwan’s...

‘The Barn Owl’, ‘The Barn Owl (2)’, ‘The Elf Owl’ and ‘The Flammulated Owl’ by Jeredith Merrin

‘The Barn Owl’, ‘The Barn Owl (2)’, ‘The Elf Owl’ and ‘The Flammulated Owl’ by Jeredith Merrin

Still, I thought the story beautiful, which is how a barn owl’s neck smells— a mix...

‘The Witches: A Folk Tale’ by Daniel Bosch

‘The Witches: A Folk Tale’ by Daniel Bosch

The camera sees what a 17 year-old boy sees when he stands where a...

‘The Crucible’ by Daniel Bosch

‘The Crucible’ by Daniel Bosch

After virtue, under the eye of the clock, Patterns of culture in our time, our...

Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015)

Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015)

For Tranströmer is ever conscious of the split between the fact of routine and...

‘First Snow’ and ‘Possible Pubs’ by Tim Cresswell

‘First Snow’ and ‘Possible Pubs’ by Tim Cresswell

First Snow Your skull was still inside your mother as they twisted in a...

‘Hypocritical Poets’ by Friedrich Hölderlin

‘Hypocritical Poets’ by Friedrich Hölderlin

Cold hypocrites, speak not of the Gods! You think! You do not believe in Helios, Nor...