Kane (American literature; Univ. of East Anglia, England; All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s) spent four years interviewing 12 of America's most captivating contemporary poets with the goal of providing a behind-the-scenes look at how they work at their craft. The poets, among them John Ashbery, Robert Creeley, Fanny Howe, and Lisa Jarnot, open up about their individual approaches to poetry and about teaching creative writing in a way that many aspiring poets, writing instructors, and even lay readers will find revealing and inspiring. Kane's helpful general introduction focuses on the catalysts to the rise of avant-garde poetry and on its merging of the rhetorical high and low of poetry and prose, as well as its delight in oblique humor, wordplay, and parody. The book's typography creates a playful and meditative channel for experiencing the rich content of Kane's interviews, each of which is prefaced with a short poem and a brief introduction to the poet's life and work. Recommended both for academic and large public libraries.-Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Univ., Farmville, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.