Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems

Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems

by Joy Katz, Kevin Prufer
     
 

Too many amazing poems end up overlooked by the academy and excluded from the canon, remaining largely unknown to the poetry-reading public. Joy Katz and Kevin Prufer's Dark Horses joyfully rediscovers dozens of these poems, recognizes their power, and illuminates their significance.

Seventy-five established American poets including Billy Collins, John Ashbery,

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Too many amazing poems end up overlooked by the academy and excluded from the canon, remaining largely unknown to the poetry-reading public. Joy Katz and Kevin Prufer's Dark Horses joyfully rediscovers dozens of these poems, recognizes their power, and illuminates their significance.

Seventy-five established American poets including Billy Collins, John Ashbery, Linda Bierds, Carl Phillips, C. K. Williams, Wanda Coleman, Miller Williams, and Dana Gioia have each selected one unjustly neglected poem, most never previously anthologized, and written a concise commentary to accompany it. Selections include forgotten gems by well-known poets as well as poems by writers who have fallen into obscurity. Dark Horses also acts as a primer on how to read a poem creatively and a documentary of the bonds between a poem and its reader.

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Publishers Weekly
Poets Katz (The Garden Room) and Prufer (Fallen from a Chariot; The New Young American Poets), both editors of the journal Pleiades, asked over five dozen poets (ranging from some of America's most well-known, like Billy Collins and John Ashbery, to rising talents, like D.A. Powell and Susan Wheeler) to each pick one obscure or underappreciated poem and to write an accompanying explanation of their choice. The resulting anthology gathers a host of surprising poems-works by Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale, Man Ray and Laura (Riding) Jackson all find their way here-along with passionate prose. Carol Muske-Dukes picked the tragically lush Thomas James ("...here is my new mouth,/ Chiseled with care") and Mary Jo Bang introduces a youthful Sylvia Plath ("I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead"). In one of the anthology's most moving moments, Stanley Plumly movingly revisits Elizabeth Bishop's "Poem," which he calls "more 'personal' and less 'finished' than what this inveterate writer is commonly committed to." While the curatorial process-which involves so many other people-ensures that few readers will like every poem, it also guarantees that most will find new favorites. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT - James Beschta
This substantial collection is commendable on at least three levels, the most apparent being the ingenuity of its unifying element. Over 60 established poets, from Billy Collins to Bin Ramke, Molly Peacock and Carolyn Kizer, have each selected a poem that has been unduly passed over and have offered a brief justification for its inclusion in this volume. The concept of shedding light on work "overlooked by the academy and excluded from the canon" is at once intriguing and significant. The obvious result is the presentation of a wide range of neglected poems recommended by practicing experts in the field. Some of these pieces were written by obscure authors whose body of work has never been widely distributed. Others are the works of luminaries like Emily Dickinson and John Donne or more contemporary notables like Mary Oliver and Wislawa Szymborska, though the poems themselves are those seldom acknowledged or included in academic anthologies. The third striking element of this volume is the body of essays submitted in defense of individual choices. Wide-ranging, sometimes informal, sometimes analytical, usually intellectually challenging, these commentaries offer an overview of contemporary theoretical criticism and "a documentary of the bonds between a poem and its reader." Dark Horses will add insight and breadth to any well-established collection of literature and enrich those who read it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252072871
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
11/23/2005
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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