Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852245153
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
  • Publication date: 3/26/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note on the Text 10
Introduction: Writing into the Dark 11
from A Retrospect 17
from A General Introduction for my Work 26
Tradition and the Individual Talent 31
from Observations on Poetry 1922-1925 39
The Figure a Poem Makes 44
General Aims and Theories 47
Foreword from is 5 52
Explaining 'A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose' 54
from Adagia 56
from The Virgin and the Dynamo 67
A Statement 72
from A Theory of Scots Letters 74
The Poet's Point of View 80
On Measure - Statement For Cid Corman 83
A Statement For Poetry 87
from Projective Verse 92
To Define 100
'I believe poets are instruments' 102
'I tend to write in a patterned arrangement' 103
Letter to Miss Pierson 104
On 'Skunk Hour' 106
Answers to Questions 110
'Poetry is like a man' 113
from Notes on the Art of Poetry 115
Notes on a Poetry of Release 117
from Self Portrait 122
How to be a Bad Writer 127
from 'When the Mode of the Music Changes the Walls of the City Shake' 129
Personism: A Manifesto 132
'How You Sound?' 135
Poetry is Not a Luxury 137
Poetry and Experience: Statement at a Poetry Reading 141
Writing a Poem 143
A Comparison 145
My Muse 148
Statement 150
Words and Experience 152
Craft and Technique 158
'Poetry is all I write' 161
A Difficult Simple Art 163
In Conversation 167
Go Figure 172
Tracking The Wind Dog 173
Babylonish Dialects 177
A Few Words for the New Century 181
Contexts: An Essay on Intentions 184
A Question of Voice 188
Roof of Fireflies 190
From the Introduction to Radical Renfrew 195
Not Quite a Statement 198
The Instrument 201
Almost a Dialogue with Lyn Hejinian: Quotations and Phantom Limbs ... 203
War, Poetry, the Child 208
'The Poetry I feel closest to' 211
Voices 213
The Wrong Way 215
And Cry Jesus to the Mice 219
Poetry's Concern 222
Common and Peculiar 226
Leaping Versus Blabbing 229
Yes and No 233
The Other 234
Proceedings in Palmersville 236
'I happen to believe' 241
My Report Card 243
Racoons - or, Can Art Be Evil? 245
Poetry Makes Nothing Happen 248
Re-Writing the Good Book 252
Strictures 256
Strong Words 259
Cosmopolibackofbeyondism 262
Whose Coat is that Jacket? Whose Hat is that Cap? 265
Further Adventures in the Skin Trade 270
Interior with Extension Cord 274
Holding Fast - Truth and Change in Poetry 277
Aphorisms 282
A Manifesto 287
Acknowledgements and Further Reading 289
Index 303
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