Espaillat is one of my very favorite poets. She’s a formalist who is
a master of the modern sensibility, so her crafted work will surprise
many readers who think of formal writing as requiring the use of
archaic words, twisted syntax, or stilted phrasing. Her pieces are
small gems of human experience.
“work in progress” is such an example. Better still, it’s a wonderful
little tidbit of the balance between offering a well-considered
critique and a writer’s choice.
I’d suggest signing up for Rattle’s poem a day if you have an interest
in modern work. They select excellent pieces.