Nathaniel Rosenthalis

Nathaniel Rosenthalis is a poet and critic who lives in New York City. His poems have appeared in Lana Turner, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere, and his most recent chapbook is 24 Hours Air (PANK, Fall 2021). He is currently looking to place his first full-length manuscript of poems I Won’t Begin Again and is also at work on a book-length nonfiction work, How Wide the Sky, which reinterprets the connection between poets and singers by exploring the overlap of the techniques involved in both.

Posts by Nathaniel Rosenthalis

Remembering Robert Lowell on His Birthday

    I fell in love with Lowell in college. I was seduced by the tautness of his language and the grandiosity of his worldview. “Skunk Hour,” with its painterly composition of a town in Maine, its deliberately pedestrian observations, its seemingly casual lineation, the incorporation of a song lyric (“Love, O careless love”) that […]

A Great Poet Writes About the Making of Poetry

Glück’s essays in American Originality contain many occasional pieces, such as the introductions to collections she picked for first book prizes, but the strongest pieces move outward and inward at the same time, drawing on autobiographical material to better identify and evaluate the characteristics of our milieu.

Verse For the Worse

Lerner describes the “bitter logic” of poetry, where a gap always exists between what an individual poem strives to do (“the actual”) and the abstract potential of the medium of poetry itself (“the virtual”). But can that gap be responsible for the enmity many of feel toward poetry itself?