A Field Guide to Contemporary Poetry and Poetics / Edition 2

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Overview

One of the hallmarks of FIELD magazine has always been its attention to what poets have to say about poetry. Many of these essays—by William Stafford, Denise Levertov, Gary Snyder, Adrienne Rich, Donald Hall, Robert Bly, and Sandra McPherson, among others—have become classics. This revised and expanded collection of essays from the magazine provides a rich and stimulating perspective on the state of contemporary poetry, as seen through the eyes of the poets themselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780932440778
  • Publisher: Oberlin College Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: FIELD Editions
  • Edition description: Stuart Freibert, et. al., editors
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 796,692
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
THE PROCESS OF WRITING
A Way of Writing — William Stafford
Work and Inspiration: Inviting the Muse — Denise Levertov
Poetic Process? — Margaret Atwood
Goatfoot, Milktongue, Twinbird: The Psychic Origins of Poetic Form — Donald Hall
Reflections on the Origins of Poetic Form — Robert Bly
Portrait of the Writer as a Fat Man: Some Subjective Ideas or Notions on the Care & Feeding of Prose Poems — Russell Edson
Poetry and Science: The Science of Poetry/The Poetry of Science — Miroslav Holub
Gorky Street: Syntax and Context — Dennis Schmitz
The Two-Tone Line, Blues Ideology, and the Scrap Quilt — Sandra McPherson
THE POETIC LINE: A SYMPOSIUM
The Working Line — Sandra McPherson
A Response to “The Working Line” — James Wright
Further Reflections on Line and the Poetic Voice — John Haines
The Line — Donald Hall
Some Thoughts about Lines — Shirley Kaufman
A Note on Prose, Verse and the Line — William Matthews
Some Thoughts about the Line — Charles Simic
THE IMAGE: A SYMPOSIUM
Image and “Images” — Charles Simic
Notes on the Image: Body and Soul — Donald Hall
Recognizing the Image as a Form of Intelligence — Robert Bly
Image and Language — Russell Edson
Noun/Object/Image — Marvin Bell
POETRY AND VALUES
Some Remarks on “Literature and Reality” — Günter Eich
Meanings of Poetry — Jean Follain
Poetry, Community & Climax — Gary Snyder
Some Notes on the Gazer Within — Larry Levis
The Bite of the Muskrat: Judging Contemporary Poetry — David Young
Not Your Flat Tire, My Flat Tire: Transcending the Self in Contemporary Poetry — Alberta Turner
Stone Soup: Contemporary Poetry and the Obsessive Image — David Walker
Language: The Poet as Master and Servant — David Young
Second Honeymoon: Some Thoughts on Translation — David Young
Here and There: The Use of Place in Contemporary Poetry — Shirley Kaufman
Eden and My Generation — Larry Levis
A Taxable Matter — C. D. Wright
PORTRAITS AND SELF-PORTRAITS
Urgent Masks: An Introduction to John Ashbery’s Poetry — David Shapiro
Poetry, Personality and Death — Galway Kinnell
Poetry, Personality and Wholeness: A Response to Galway Kinnell — Adrienne Rich
Charles Wright at Oberlin — Charles Wright
Secrets: Beginning to Write Them Out — Sandra McPherson
Lessons in Form — Laura Jensen
Body and Soul: Three Poets on Their Maladies
Charles Simic: My Insomnia and I
Shirley Kaufman:Backache, Poemache, and Botz
Lee Upton: The Closest Work
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgments

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