Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World

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The Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers has emerged as one of the most well-respected writing programs in the country, producing a generation of first-rate poets who are also deeply dedicated teachers of their art. Poets Teaching Poets collects essays by current and former lecturers at Warren Wilson, including acclaimed poets Joan Aleshire, Marianne Boruch, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dobyns, Reginald Gibbons, Louise Glück, Allen Grossman, Robert Haas, Tony Hoagland, Heather McHugh, Gregory Orr, Michael Ryan, ...

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Overview

The Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers has emerged as one of the most well-respected writing programs in the country, producing a generation of first-rate poets who are also deeply dedicated teachers of their art. Poets Teaching Poets collects essays by current and former lecturers at Warren Wilson, including acclaimed poets Joan Aleshire, Marianne Boruch, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dobyns, Reginald Gibbons, Louise Glück, Allen Grossman, Robert Haas, Tony Hoagland, Heather McHugh, Gregory Orr, Michael Ryan, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Alan Williamson, Eleanor Wilner, and Renate Wood.

 

This passionate and provocative anthology presents an extended, insightful dialogue on an astonishing range of topics: writers from Homer, Dickinson, and Akhmatova to Bishop, O'Hara, Milosz, and Plath; meditations on the nature of the image and the discovery of the self in Greek verse; a passionate defense of lyric poetry; and other engaging themes. Whatever their subject, these essays are, at the core, passionate and thoughtful meditations on the place of poetry in contemporary culture.

Poets Teaching Poets will be an invaluable tool for teachers and students of poetry and poetics at every level. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the connections between craft and the larger issues of art, and in the continuing and exciting relevance of poetry today.

 

Gregory Orr is author of six books of poetry, most recently City of Salt, and of two books of criticism, Richer Entanglements: Essays and Notes on Poetry and Poems and Stanley Kunitz: An Introduction to the Poetry. He is Professor of English, University of Virginia.

 

Ellen Bryant Voigt is founder and former director of the low-residency MFA Writing Program at Goddard College and teaches in its relocated incarnation at Warren Wilson College. She has published four volumes of poetry and has received numerous awards, including two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472066216
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 982,283
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 A Beautiful Circuiting 7
Transtromer's Baltics: Making a Form of Time 9
Obstinate Humanity 23
Staying News: A Defense of the Lyric 28
Plath's Bees 48
The Voice of Authority 65
Falling off the World: Poetry and Innerness 84
Pt. 2 Ancient Salt 95
Poetry and the Self: Reflections on the Discovery of the Self in Early Greek Lyrics 97
Orpheus/Philomela: Subjection and Mastery in the Founding Stories of Poetic Production and in the Logic of Our Practice 121
The Medusa Connection 140
Poetry and the Audience 159
Pt. 3 Manifest Apparitions 185
Poetry and Self-Making 187
Moving Means, Meaning Moves: Notes on Lyric Destination 207
Image 221
Writing the Reader's Life 240
On Disproportion 254
Four Temperaments and the Forms of Poetry 269
Contributors 279
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