Jane Cooper: A Radiance of Attention

Jane Cooper: A Radiance of Attention

by Martha Collins, Celia Bland

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For her five volumes of poetry over the course of her career, Jane Cooper (1924–2007) was deeply admired by her contemporaries, and teaching at Sarah Lawrence College for nearly forty years, she served as a mentor to many aspiring poets. Her elegant, honest, and emotionally and formally precise poems, often addressing the challenges of women’s lives—especially the lives of women in the arts—continue to resonate with a new generation of readers.

Martha Collins and Celia Bland bring together several decades’ worth of essential writing on Cooper’s poetry. While some pieces offer close examination of Cooper’s process or thoughtful consideration of the craft of a single poem, the volume also features reviews of her collections, including a previously unpublished piece on her first book, The Weather of Six Mornings (1969), by James Wright, a lifelong champion of her work. Marie Howe, Jan Heller Levi, and Thomas Lux, among others, share personal remembrances of Cooper as a teacher, colleague, and inspiration. L. R. Berger’s moving tribute to Cooper’s final days closes the volume. This book has much to offer for both readers who already love Cooper’s work and new readers, especially among younger poets, just discovering her enduring poems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472125296
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 03/29/2019
Series: Under Discussion
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 385 KB

About the Author

Martha Collins founded the creative writing program at UMass-Boston, and for ten years was Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Night Unto Night (2018).
Celia Bland is Associate Director of the Bard College Institute for Writing & Thinking. She is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Cherokee Road Kill, with illustrations by Kyoko Miyabe (2018).

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction / Celia Bland and Martha Collins From the Open Sea: Body and Lyric in the Poetry of Jane Cooper / Kazim Ali “Mercator’s World”: Jane Cooper’s Early Work / Stephen Tapscott Review of The Weather of Six Mornings / James Wright The Weather of Six Mornings: Deference and Defiance in Jane Cooper’s Debut / Ned Balbo “Ablaze, Scared Child!” / Jan Heller Levi The Story the Surface Cannot Say / Marie Howe Jane Cooper: “The Builder of Houses” / Lee Upton Jane Cooper’s “Reclaimed” Poems / Eric Gudas “In the Grip of a Difficult Century”: Personal and Cultural History in Cooper’s Maps & Windows / Clare Rossini Maps & Windows / Lee Briccetti Endurance / Philip Levine An Ecstasy of Space / Rachel Hadas Dreamwords / Jean Valentine The Fragile Human Settlement / Thomas Lux “Threads: Rosa Luxemburg from Prison” / Lee Sharkey Poets House Tribute to Jane Cooper / Galway Kinnell Notes on Precision: Remembering Jane Cooper / Marilyn Chin Inhabiting: Lessons from Jane Cooper’s Spacious Architectures / Jenny Factor Angle of Repose: Jane Cooper’s Long View / Lisa Sack Jane Cooper and the Poetics of Sanity / Eve Grubin “The Green Notebook” / Gail Mazur The Family Stories of Jane Cooper / Lynne Thompson “I Could Not Tell You”: Green Notebook, Winter Road and the Influence of Muriel Rukeyser / Lisa Sperber Moving toward Connectedness: Jane Cooper’s “The Infusion Room” / Maggie Anderson Hospital Time: On Illness and Caregiving in Jane Cooper’s “The Children’s Ward” / Carley Moore “Vocation: A Life” / Kevin Prufer and Patricia Yongue Jane Cooper: Seventeen Names for Necessity / Beatrix Gates Ordinary Details: Humor in the Work of Jane Cooper / Celia Bland A Boat to See by, a Life to Row / Pamela Alexander The Flashboat: Poems Collected and Reclaimed / David Rigsbee The Last Poem / L. R. Berger Contributors

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