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Gathering together selections from his notebooks, dreamlogs, memoirs, and essays of such poets as Frost, Robert Lowell and George Oppen, Trying to Say It particularly focuses on the ways that the tension between in-formed structures and lineation create poems which--in all senses--move.
Employing the Thoreauvian sense of place for which his poetry is known, Booth probes the nature of poetry itself, as well as the poetry of nature--yielding insights that are rooted in the acute observation that catalyzes imagination. Infused with a restless spirit in search of a moving language commensurate with the complexity of being fully alive, the essays collected in Trying to Say It reveal the pulses of a teacher's mind and a poet's heart.
Philip Booth is the author of nine books of poetry, and has been honored by Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets.
|Distances/Shallows/Deeps: Field Notes from an East-Facing Window at the Cold End of a Long Maine Winter||1|
|Robert Lowell's Summers in Castine: Contact Prints, 1955-65||20|
|Seascape: George and Mary Oppen in Maine||40|
|Robert Frost's Prime Directive||47|
|Frost's Empty Spaces||53|
|Wallace Stevens' Domination of Black||60|
|William Carlos Williams: An Open Thanksgiving||62|
|Prose Notes on Prosody||66|
|A Distinctive Voice||69|
|"Eaton's Boatyard": The Creative Process||71|
|"Dreamscape : How a Poem Happens||76|
|"States": Poems after Dreams||80|
|Selected "Fragments," 1961||89|
|Selected "Fragments," 1987||96|
|Lives We Keep Wanting to Know: Interview, 1978||102|
|Chances of Survival: Interview, 1988||113|
|Relations: Interview, 1985||125|