Trying to Say It: Outlooks and Insights on How Poems Happen

Overview

Philip Booth's collection of prose reflections invites general readers and students to understand how poems happen and what tactics make poems whole. Gathering together selections from his notebooks, dreamlogs, memoirs, and readings of such poets as Robert Frost, Robert Lowell, and George Oppen, Trying to Say It particularly focuses on the ways that the tension between informed structures and lineation create poems that - in all senses - move. Booth probes the nature of poetry itself, as well as the poetry of ...
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Overview

Philip Booth's collection of prose reflections invites general readers and students to understand how poems happen and what tactics make poems whole. Gathering together selections from his notebooks, dreamlogs, memoirs, and readings of such poets as Robert Frost, Robert Lowell, and George Oppen, Trying to Say It particularly focuses on the ways that the tension between informed structures and lineation create poems that - in all senses - move. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472095865
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1996
  • Series: Poets on Poetry Series
  • Pages: 168

Table of Contents

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
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