A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns

A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns

by David Biespiel




Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Winner of the Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction, 2016. Over the course of ten years, poet and critic David Biespiel published a brief, dazzling essay on poetry every month in what became the longest-running newspaper column on poetry in the United States. Collected here for the first time, these enormously popular essays, many of which have been revised and expanded, offer a fresh and refreshing approach to the reading and writing of poetry. With passion, wit, and common sense, they articulate a profound and entertaining statement about the mysteries of poetry and about poetry's essential role in our civic and cultural lives. A LONG HIGH WHISTLE discusses the work of nearly a hundred poets from ancient times to the present, in English and in translation—among them Catullus, Ovid, John Keats, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, W. B. Yeats, Osip Mandelstam, Robert Hayden, Muriel Rukeyser, Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney, Tomas Tranströmer, Inger Christensen, Natasha Trethewey, and many others. This collection will provide anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, with insights into what inspires poets, how poems are written and read, and how poetry situates itself in American life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938308109
Publisher: Antilever Press
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 245
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David Biespiel (pronounced buy-speel) founded the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in 1999 as an independent writing and creativity studio in Portland's historic Hawthorne district. He is a poet, literary critic, memoirist, and contributing writer at American Poetry Review, Poetry, Politico, New Republic, The Rumpus, Slate, and The New York Times, among other publications. He is the author of numerous books, most recently EVERY WRITER HAS A THOUSAND FACES, The Education of a Young Poet, Charming Gardeners, A LONG HIGH WHISTLE, and The Book of Men and Women, which was chosen one of the Best Books of the Year by the Poetry Foundation. He has been a Lannan, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellow, a National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and the recipient of two Oregon Book Awards, in poetry and general nonfiction. He is Poet-in-Residence at Oregon State University. Forthcoming in 2019 is a new book of poetry, Republic Cafe.

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