Quote Poet Unquote: Contemporary Quotations on Poets and Poetry

Quote Poet Unquote: Contemporary Quotations on Poets and Poetry

by Dennis O'Driscoll
     
 

“One of the best-read men in the Western world” is how Poetry Review describes Irish poet-critic Dennis O’Driscoll. Quote Poet Unquote, his compilation of contemporary quotations on all things poetry-related, proves that judgment spot on. The book grew out of O’Driscoll’s column “Pickings and Choosings” for

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“One of the best-read men in the Western world” is how Poetry Review describes Irish poet-critic Dennis O’Driscoll. Quote Poet Unquote, his compilation of contemporary quotations on all things poetry-related, proves that judgment spot on. The book grew out of O’Driscoll’s column “Pickings and Choosings” for Poetry Ireland Review, and contains nearly two thousand smart sayings obsessively gleaned from six hundred sources—including powerhouse critics, prize-winning poets, world leaders, and newspaper headlines. The voices in this volume are by turns provocative, deadpan, humorous, and inspirational:

“If you dribble past five defenders, it isn’t called sheer prose.”—Tom Leonard

“I do not give the honorific name of ‘poetry’ to the primitive and the unaccomplished.”—Helen Vendler, The New York Times

“I started a PhD in English at the University of Chicago because I loved poetry—which I now realize is like saying I studied vivisection because I loved dogs.”—Michael Donaghy, Verse

Organized by headings as forthright as “What Is It Anyway?” as playful as “Prose and Cons” and “No, Thanks” (on bad poetry), this collection is both a reference work and a supremely entertaining take on the poetry world. Quote Poet Unquote offers incontrovertible evidence—thousands of pieces of it—that poetry, and the passionate discourse it generates, is alive and kicking.

Dennis O’Driscoll, former editor of Poetry Ireland Review, is the author of seven books of poetry and a collection of essays. He lives in Ireland.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

O'Driscoll (Reality Check) began collecting quotes in 1987, when he was editing Poetry Ireland Review. Here, he has edited a collection of about 2000 quotes on the subject of poets and poetry from over 600 sources, divided into more than 60 sections. The quotes are humorous, insightful, insufferable, and profound-it's great fun to see so many points of disagreement over so many aspects of poetry in such a small space-and fall into sections on subject matter, character references, poetry in emotion, U.S. poetry, alcohol and pub talk, and more. These quotes cover the whole range of ideas, opinions, and controversies concerning contemporary poetry and the poetic life, from inspiration to publication to public readings to criticism to prizes. The page containing comments on parsnips, poets, and poetry is not to be missed. A complete book on the art of poetry and all the many things that poetry can be to people; recommended for poetry and literature collections.
—Gene Shaw

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556592706
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Dennis O'Driscoll is one of Ireland's most widely published and respected critics of poetry. He is the author of seven previous collections of poetry and one collection of essays. His awards include a Lannan Literary Award, the E.M. Forster Award, and the O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry. He lives in Co Kildare, Ireland.

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