Seven Poets, Four Days, One Book

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Seven Poets, Four Days, One Book by Dean Young, Christopher Merrill, Marvin Bell, Tomaz Salamun

Lauded poet Christopher Merrill hatched a brilliant plan: invite six other poets to join him in four days of writing in Iowa City. The poets would write for 30 minutes, creating a poem of 15 lines, and then read it aloud to the group. As poets heard the poems, they noted memorable words, images, and lines, which they would borrow to insert in subsequent poems of their own. These rounds continued, until, in a process of call and response and unprecedented collaboration, 80 poems had been composed. Those 80 poems are collected in this book, penned by authors who represent some of the best and brightest the world of poetry has to offer. Transcending differences of generation, gender, language, and vision, these poets have invented an entirely new facet of the poet’s creative process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595340993
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 293 KB

About the Author

Marvin Bell's nineteen books of poetry and essays include Mars Being Red, Rampant, Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000, The Book of the Dead Man, and Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See. His literary honors include awards from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Poetry and the American Poetry Review, as well as Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia. He has taught for decades at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and lives in Iowa City, Iowa, and Port Townsend, Washington.

István László Geher has published six collections of poetry, including Through Five Doors, Draught of Air, and The Fugue of Sand. He has translated the poetry of Emily Dickinson, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and many others. He is an assistant professor of English literature at Károli Protestant University, and his awards include the Móricz Zsigmond Literary Grant, the Radnóti Award for Poets, and the Zoltán Zelk Award for Poetry.

Ksenia Golubovich, who earned her Ph.D. from Moscow State University, has published a novel, Wishes Granted; a travelogue, Serbian Parables; and a book of poems, Personae. She has translated numerous works of philosophy and prose, including Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia and V. S. Naipaul’s Middle Passage. She has written articles and reviews on modern philosophy, photography, literature, cinema, and museums. She lives in Moscow and is editor-in-chief of Logos publishers.

Simone Inguanez, a graduate in law from the University of Malta, is the author of the poetry collections Water, Fire, Earth and I and Ftit Mara Ftit Tifla (Part Woman Part Child). Her work has been published in several anthologies, aired on radio and TV, set to music, and translated into English, French, Arabic, Italian, Russian, Hungarian, and Finnish. She lives in the seaside village of Kalkara.

Christopher Merrill has published four collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water and Watch Fire; many edited volumes and translations; and four books of nonfiction, most recently Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, his journalism appears in many publications, and he is the book critic for the daily radio news program The World. He directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Tomaž Šalamun is widely recognized as a leading Central European poet and has been translated into many languages. He lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and often teaches and gives readings in the United States. In spring 2008 he was appointed Visiting Professor in Creative Writing and Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Richmond. His many prizes include the European Prize for Poetry. His recent books translated into English are Poker, Blackboards, The Book for My Brother, Row, and Woods and Chalices. He is influential and popular among U.S. readers and writers of poetry.

Dean Young has published eight books of poems, including Design with X, First Course in Turbulence, and Skid (a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize). He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and holds the Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas. His most recents books are Elegy for a Toy Piano, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Embryoyo, and Primitive Mentor.

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