Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture

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In 1991, Dana Gioia's provocative essay "Can Poetry Matter?" was published in the Atlantic Monthly, and received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. In his book, Gioia more fully addressed the question: Is there a place for poetry to be part of modern American mainstream culture? Ten years later, the debate is as lively and heated as ever. Graywolf is pleased to re-issue this highly acclaimed collection in a handsome new edition, which includes a new Introduction by distinguished ...

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Overview

In 1991, Dana Gioia's provocative essay "Can Poetry Matter?" was published in the Atlantic Monthly, and received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. In his book, Gioia more fully addressed the question: Is there a place for poetry to be part of modern American mainstream culture? Ten years later, the debate is as lively and heated as ever. Graywolf is pleased to re-issue this highly acclaimed collection in a handsome new edition, which includes a new Introduction by distinguished critic and poet, Dana Gioia.

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Editorial Reviews

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"No one, I think, has written with greater clarity or greater poignancy-or with a greater sense of urgency, either-about the 'subculture' in which the art of poetry is still confined...." —Hilton Kramer, The New Criterion

"Can Poetry Matter? is an important book, and anyone who professes to care about the state of American poetry will have to take it into account." —World Literature Today

"If you're an educated general reader, and you read only one book about contemporary poetry, this should be that book." —Booklist

Hilton Kramer
No one, I think, has written with greater clarity or greater poignancy — or with a greater sense of urgency . . .
The New Criterion
Booklist
If you're an educated general reader, and you read only one book about contemporary poetry, this should be that book.
World Literature Today
Can Poetry Matter? is an important book, and anyone who professes to care about the state of American poetry . . .
Booknews
Published by Graywolf Press, 2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, Saint Paul, MN 55114. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555973704
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,399,129
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

An acclaimed poet, essayist, anthologist, BBC commentator, and critic, Dana Gioia is also the author of, most recently, Interrogations at Noon, a collection of poems that received the American Book Award, and Nosferatu, a libretto. He was recently nominated to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his family.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Tenth-Anniversary Edition

Preface

Can Poetry Matter?

The Dilemma of the Long Poem

Notes on the New Formalism

Strong Counsel (Robinson Jeffers)

The Loneliness of Weldon Kees

The Anonymity of the Regional Poet (Ted Kooser)

Business and Poetry

Two Views of Wallace Stevens

The Sense of the Sleight-of-Hand Man

The Emperor of Hartford

Bourgeois in Bohemia (T. S. Eliot)

The Successful Career of Robert Bly

Short Views

John Ashbery

Margaret Atwood

Jared Carter

James Dickey

Tom Disch

Maxine Kumin

Radcliffe Squires

Theodore Weiss

The Difficult Case of Howard Moss

Tradition and an Individual Talent (Donald Justice)

The Example of Elizabeth Bishop

The Poet in an Age of Prose

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