Hearts and Times; The Literature of Memory

Hearts and Times; The Literature of Memory

by Ross Talarico
     
 


Talarico, a poet in Rochester, N.Y., here seeks to distill a literary essence from firstperson histories he collected from Americans representing a wide range of geographical and social backgrounds. The verses of these transcribed autobiographical memories, each preceded by a prose summary, typically concern poignant incidents, an important decision in the subject… See more details below

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Talarico, a poet in Rochester, N.Y., here seeks to distill a literary essence from firstperson histories he collected from Americans representing a wide range of geographical and social backgrounds. The verses of these transcribed autobiographical memories, each preceded by a prose summary, typically concern poignant incidents, an important decision in the subject's life, or often a neverbeforerevealed romantic episode. The memory project, ' Talarico explains, is part of the citizens' writing group programs he has organized to foster creative selfexpression among children and elderly alike. Although Talarico often incorporates a verbatim phrase from the subjects' accounts presented to the author or group, the sophistication of his verses tends to overshadow the emotions of the men and women who experienced them.

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Talarico, a poet in Rochester, N.Y., here seeks to distill a literary essence from first-person histories he collected from Americans representing a wide range of geographical and social backgrounds. The verses of these transcribed autobiographical memories, each preceded by a prose summary, typically concern poignant incidents, an important decision in the subject's life, or often a never-before-revealed romantic episode. The ``memory project,'' Talarico explains, is part of the citizens' writing group programs he has organized to foster creative self-expression among children and elderly alike. Although Talarico often incorporates a verbatim phrase from the subjects' accounts presented to the author or group, the sophistication of his verses tends to overshadow the emotions of the men and women who experienced them. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897333825
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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