Poet's Work, Poet's Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art

Poet's Work, Poet's Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art


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A follow-up to the highly praised Poets Teaching Poets, Daniel Tobin and Pimone Triplett's Poet's Work, Poet's Play gathers together essays by some of the most important voices in contemporary poetry: Carl Dennis, Stephen Dobyns, Tony Hoagland, Heather McHugh, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Eleanor Wilner, Dean Young, and the late Larry Levis and Agha Shahid Ali.

Lively, accessible, and erudite, the pieces range from discussions on syntax and the syllable to an exploration of the complexities of canon formation under the shadow of imperialism, race, and history. Exploring the work of John Donne, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, Philip Larkin, Charles Olsen, Ezra Pound, Anne Carson, Robert Herrick, Harryette Mullen, and many others, Poet's Work, Poet's Play---like its predecessor volume---will be an invaluable tool for teachers, students, and poets at every level.

"Much more than a set of essays on poetic craft or aesthetic understandings, this collection takes on two of the most prevalent anxieties about writing poetry in our time: the place of subjectivity in poetry, and how to make a significant shape in language while both affirming and interrogating the poetic I's authority. This is a book for anyone who wants to write better poems, who wants to read with greater passion, and who believes that poetry is an independent category of human consciousness that can be as capaciousness as the world, and as nuanced."
---Tom Sleigh, author of Space Walk and Far Side of the Earth

"Gathering together essays by unquestionably important poets, Poet's Work, Poet's Play has immense pedagogical value in the way it demonstrates how to discover in poetry resources of language and structure often overlooked in first, and ensuing, readings of complex texts."
---Laurence Goldstein, Professor of English, University of Michigan, and Editor, Michigan Quarterly Review

"A valuable document illuminating critical aspects of the contemporary American poetry scene."
---John Koethe, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and author of Sally's Hair: Poems

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472069972
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 01/22/2008
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Ratios of Flight
The Closeness of Distance, or Narcissus as Seen by the Lake   Eleanor Wilner     11
Heavy Lifting   Marianne Boruch     27
The Transcendent Poem   Laura Kasciske     44
The "Multi-Homelanded" Sublime   Pimone Triplett     60
Various Ingenuities
Synchronizing Time in the Poetics of the Harlem Renaissance and the Negritude Movement   A. Van Jordan     81
Mock the Mockers after That   Larry Levis     96
Cynicism   Alan Williamson     108
Surrealism 101   Dean Young     120
A Darkly Defense of Dead White Males   Agha Shahid Ali     144
Fear of Narrative and the Skittery Poem of Our Moment   Tony Hoagland     161
Ancient Salt, American Grains   Daniel Tobin     174
Elements Visible
Aspects of the Syllable   Stephen Dobyns     197
On and Off the Grid: Syntax, Part II   Ellen Bryant Voigt     216
The Temporal Lyric   Carl Dennis     236
When I Say "I": Poets' Use of the First Person   Chris Forhan     250
Poise and Suspense   Heather McHugh     266
Purity, Restraint, Stillness   James Longenbach     279
Contributors     291
Index     297

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