James Longenbach

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James Longenbach is an American critic and poet. His early critical work focused on modernist poetry (he has written books on Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats, and Wallace Stevens), but he writes extensively about contemporary poetry, too, and has authored two books of poems, Threshold and Fleet River. His most recent book of criticism is The Resistance to Poetry, a "compact and exponentially provocative book." [1]

Longenbach is Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester and has taught at the university since 1985. His poems have appeared in many magazines and journals, including The New Republic, The Nation, and The Yale Review, as well as The Best American Poetry 1995 anthology. He frequently reviews books for Boston Review, the Nation, and the Los Angeles Times Book Reivew.

He received his bachelor's degree in 1981 from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and his PhD. from Princeton University. His wife, novelist Joanna Scott and fellow Trinity graduate, also teaches at the English Department of the University of Rochester. They have two children.


  • Modernist Poetics of History: Pound, Eliot, and the Sense of the Past (1987)
  • Stone Cottage: Pound, Yeats, and Modernism (1988)
  • Ezra Pound’s Poetry and Prose: Contributions to Periodicals in Ten Volumes (1991) (co-editor)
  • Wallace Stevens: the Plain Sense of Things (1991)
  • Modern Poetry After Modernism (1997)
  • Threshold (1998)
  • Fleet River (2003)
  • The Resistance to Poetry (2004)
  • Foreman Strikes Again, a Critical Account of the Boxing Technique of Pugilist George Foreman (June, 2007) (editor)
  • Draft of a Letter, poetry collection (Spring, 2007)
  • Longenbach in conversation with Jesse Lichtenstein at Loggernaut.
  • Longenbach in conversation with Louise Glück for the Lannan Foundation.
  • [2] "Fairchild Award presented to James Longenbach" from University of Rochester public relations, October 2004
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