Holding Patterns: Temporary Poetics in Contemporary Poetry

Holding Patterns: Temporary Poetics in Contemporary Poetry

by Daniel McGuiness
     
 

Holding Patterns provides a sympathetic criticism of poems, one that avoids the appliance of criticism and that self-consciously persists in close readings of texts as the directing force of its argument. Presently, contemporary literary criticism and contemporary poetry in America seem at cross-purposes. Indeed, current literary critics seldom address the poems of… See more details below

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Holding Patterns provides a sympathetic criticism of poems, one that avoids the appliance of criticism and that self-consciously persists in close readings of texts as the directing force of its argument. Presently, contemporary literary criticism and contemporary poetry in America seem at cross-purposes. Indeed, current literary critics seldom address the poems of their contemporaries. While structuralists and other schools of critics seek terms, generalizations, and whole systems to account for and to understand poems, poets themselves repeatedly assert that each poem has its own poetic and that no system applies to their writing. This book reads poems by contemporary poets, such as Jorie Graham, Charles Wright, Denis Johnson, and Amy Clampitt, not to illuminate a theory but to shed light on the poem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791449547
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I. TEMPORARY THESIS

1. The Static Pulse

2. Recounting Linda Gregg's Ghosts

3. Jorie Graham in Stitches

PART II. TEMPORARY TACTICS

4. Pictura Poesis: Galvin and Lowell

5. James Wright, Louis Gluck: The Colon

6. Water Everywhere: Merwin, Stafford, Dugan, Merrill

7. Forche, Fenton, and Fighting

PART III. TEMPORARY FIGURES

8. Taking or Leaving It: Amy Clampitt

9. Holes in the Web: Denis Johnson

10. The Long Line in Jorie Graham and Charles Wright

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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