Holding Patterns: Temporary Poetics in Contemporary Poetry [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Holding Patterns: Temporary Poetics in Contemporary Poetry

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Overview

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.
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Holding Patterns is one of the most original, entertaining, and companionable books about contemporary poetry that I've read in many years. It is remarkably modest and yet exceptionally ambitious at the same time-a powerful and winning combination. McGuiness is an increasingly rare example of an individual critic writing without an eye to the academy, simply an eye to the work.— David St. John, author of Study for the World's Body: New and Selected Poems

"Reading Holding Patterns is like having a drink with an intelligent, like-minded spirit-a contemporary, a lively conversationalist. McGuiness keeps himself in a constant state of exploration and speculation."— Leslie Ullman, author of Slow Work through Sand: Poems"
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Arguing that contemporary literary criticism does a disservice to poetry by imposing critical frameworks that many authors of poetry patently reject, McGuiness (writing, Loyola College) attempts to provide a criticism sympathetic to each poem's individual poetic. He discusses works in terms of their "pulse" and finds commonality between the prose statements and the poetic practices of both new and established contemporary poets, including Jorie Graham, Charles Wright, Denis Johnson, and Amy Clampitt. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791490822
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 290 KB

Meet the Author

Daniel McGuiness is Associate Professor of Writing at Loyola College.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Temporary Thesis
1 The Static Pulse 3
2 Recounting Linda Gregg's Ghosts 7
3 Jorie Graham in Stitches 17
Pt. II Temporary Tactics
4 Pictura Poesis: Galvin and Lowell 37
5 James Wright, Louise Gluck: The Colon 47
6 Water Everywhere: Merwin, Stafford, Dugan, Merrill 61
7 Forche, Fenton, and Fighting 77
Pt. III Temporary Figures
8 Taking or Leaving It: Amy Clampitt 91
9 Holes in the Web: Denis Johnson 117
10 The Long Line in Jorie Graham and Charles Wright 139
Conclusion 155
Notes 159
Bibliography 169
Index 175
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