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Two Poems

Ben Sonnenberg: Two Poems, 6 November 2003

... Men We often elude the scimitars of the zouaves among the furniture by being geese. Or deodars so that striking at us you also hit your sacred tree. (Ha ha, say we. You say, Just you wait.) Vitale Remember Vitale, the old aesthete knifed to his death on Mulberry Street. I hear he said, sinking to his knees, on the first night of San Gennaro, Enfin, quelque chose m’arrive! That’s how I want to go, with an aperçu, or koan like Basho or Lao-Tzu ...

Pretending to write ‘Vile Bodies’

Christopher Hitchens, 9 January 1992

Lost Property: Memoirs and Confessions of a Bad Boy 
by Ben Sonnenberg.
Faber, 217 pp., £14.99, November 1991, 0 571 16545 1
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... redolent of capacity and generosity – there was the logo of a mettlesome goat. As I grew to know Ben Sonnenberg, so I grew to appreciate this animal. Impatient and randy as it is well-known to be, the goat is above all an omnivore. I have never inquired of Ben what his ambition might be, because I’m tolerably sure ...


Christopher Hitchens: In Washington, 20 August 1992

... larded with the langue de bois of ‘sharing’, ‘recovery’ and ‘codependency’. My friend Ben Sonnenberg told me that not since the death of Little Nell had he enjoyed so hearty a chortle as he did when listening to Gore’s moist account of his tiny son’s mishap with a speeding truck. I’ve long known that ...

Professor or Pinhead

Stephanie Burt: Anne Carson, 14 July 2011

by Anne Carson.
New Directions, 192 pp., £19.99, April 2010, 978 0 8112 1870 2
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... clear ties to the world of creative writing, Carson the poet was more or less discovered by Ben Sonnenberg, then the editor of Grand Street, in the late 1980s. Her reputation emerged with the books that followed: Plainwater (1995), Glass, Irony and God (1995) and Autobiography of Red (1998), a mysterious narrative poem about a gay teenager who is ...

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