This site is devoted to the poetry and criticism of Norman Finkelstein, including information and links to publications, reviews, readings, miscellaneous events and random jottings.


Now available from Dos Madres Press: From the Files of the Immanent Foundation.

From the Files of the Immanent Foundation is a beautiful work of hesitant wonder, coaxing stark narration, precept, adage and a strange, winsome yet doleful music out of bureaucratic and documentarian argot and protocol. Its long run of quirks and particulars makes it also a work of rash but strict invention, both an inquiry into invention and its anthem or hymn, its exemplum. Immanence’s openly secret accord with emanation seems to be at issue or at least at work. I read it wishing it would never end. —Nathaniel Mackey

Whether it be through the wandering verses of the Track trilogy, through mythic rewritings in earlier work such as Passing Over, or through the densely rich and philosophical offerings of Inside the Ghost Factory, Finkelstein is a poet ever reinventing what poetry might, and even must, do. With its musical precision and its intellectual rigor, with its exquisite ability to intertwine the force of the traditional lyric with the beautiful unexpected of the experimental, Finkelstein's poetry stands distinctive in our poetic landscape, proffering riches that are rare and rewarding.


From their earliest setting out, the poems of Norman Finkelstein have fetched a new Vision, not only mapping but marking the Vision with supernal inscription, the signature of Heaven as it were. And theirs is not a cold heaven. Nothing in these poems is imposed or rehearsed. What is permanently remarkable here is that the work goes forward to imagine what no American poetry has imagined before: a society of Vision. In the later poems, we actually experience the vivid--sometimes harrowing, sometimes hallowed--exchanges that truly, truly are a nation of nothing but poetry. Finkelstein has thus honored more promises than we ever dared to own.


Barbara Berman reviews Ratio in The Rumpus.

A review of Ratio by Paul Pines at Notre Dame Review.

An overview of my work by Stephen Winhusen at X-Peri.

Now available from Dos Madres Press: The Ratio of Reason to Magic: New & Selected Poems.

A selection of poems from Part 4 of From the Files of the Immanent Foundation at X-Peri.

A selection of poems from Part 3 of From the Files of the Immanent Foundation at Lute & Drum 5.

An interview about my work past, present, and future with Jon Curley at The Conversant.

A special feature on gnostic poetry at Talisman, including my essay on Paul Bray.

Peter O'Leary's review of Track is now online at The Volta.

My review of Michael Heller's This Constellation Is a Name: Collected Poems 1963-2010 appears in Notre Dame Review 35 (Winter/Spring 2013).

Romana Huk reviews On Mount Vision in Religion and Literature 44.1 (Spring 2012).

Robert Archambeau's review of Inside the Ghost Factory and Peter O'Leary's Luminous Epinoia appears in Chicago Review 57: 1/2 and can be accessed here.

I'm delighted to report that Jerry Rothenberg has posted four poems from Inside the Ghost Factory and my little piece on the Forevertron on his Poems & Poetics blog, which can be viewed here.

Jake Berry's essay on the state of poetry today--the avant-garde, the academy, and so on--with responses by a wide variety of poets and critics including Marjorie Perloff, Henry Weinfield, Michael Basinski, and yours truly. Now up at the Argotist Online, http://www.argotistonline.co.uk/Norman%20Finkelstein%20Response.htm

An interview with Kim McMillon, focusing on Inside the Ghost Factory, now up at Arts in the Valley.

My essay "Total Midrash" is now out in Religion and Literature 43.2 (Summer 2011), in a forum on contemporary midrash edited by Alicia Ostriker.

Here is a link to the Cultural Society's tenth anniversary celebration on October 8, 2011, including photos and videos of the readings.