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Jorie Graham: Essays on the Poetry
     

Jorie Graham: Essays on the Poetry

by Thomas Gardner (Editor), Lynn Keller (Editor), Adalaide Morris (Editor)
 

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Jorie Graham is one of the most important American poets now writing. This first book-length study brings together thirteen previously published essays and review essays by many of the major critics currently interested in her work and five new essays commissioned for this volume. Commenting on each of Graham's eight poetry collections, these essays encompass the

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Jorie Graham is one of the most important American poets now writing. This first book-length study brings together thirteen previously published essays and review essays by many of the major critics currently interested in her work and five new essays commissioned for this volume. Commenting on each of Graham's eight poetry collections, these essays encompass the range of critical thought that her work has attracted, both surveying it broadly and engaging closely with individual poems.
These essays identify three broad concerns that run through each of her strikingly different volumes of poems: the movement of the mind in action, the role of the body in experiencing the world, and the pressures of material conditions on mind and body alike. Gardner both shows how Graham is being read at the moment and charts new areas of investigation likely to dominate thinking about her over the next decade. This collection is sure to become the crucial first step for all future work on Graham and on American poetry of the last two decades.

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“This book is a significant contribution not only to Graham scholarship, but to our understanding of American poetry at the end of the twentieth century—Eric Murphy Selinger, author of What Is It Then Between Us?: Traditions of Love in American Poetry

“An excellent collection of essays on Pulitzer Prize winning poet Jorie Graham that really opens the field, presenting extraordinarily fine initial mappings of her writing.”—Eileen Gregory, author of H. D. and Hellenism

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299203245
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/15/2004
Series:
Contemporary North American Poetry Series
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Gardner is professor of English at Virginia Tech and author of Discovering Ourselves in Whitman: The Contemporary American Long Poem and Regions of Unlikeness: Explaining Contemporary Poetry.  He has edited three special issues of Contemporary Literature on American poetry of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

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