The Blind Man’s Elephant is a collection of essays and reviews written during the many years author and poet Kurt Brown taught craft classes. It is for writers who want to hone their craft and for readers with an interest in understanding how poetry works at a deeper level. The uniqueness of this book lies in its broadening the idea of craft—it takes a more wide-ranging approach to the subject than most, including historical context and perennial poetic issues along with special technical considerations.
The book is divided into two parts: “Analysis,” which comprises the craft essays; and “Assessment” which comprises a number of reviews on notable contemporary poets and their books. What is said in the reviews both reflects and reinforces points made about craft in the essays, demonstrating how thinking about craft, and practicing it in one’s own poems, might be made of further use when considering the work of others.
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About the Author
Poet and editor KURT BROWN was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up on Long Island and in Connecticut. His collections of poetry include Return of the Prodigals, More Things in Heaven and Earth, Fables from the Ark, Future Ship, No Other Paradise, Time-Bound, A Thousand Kim, as well as six chapbooks. With his wife, the poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Brown translated The Plural of Happiness: Selected Poems of Herman de Coninck. He also wrote a personal and cultural memoir called Lost Sheep: Aspen’s Counterculture in the 1970s. Brown founded the Aspen Writers’ Conference and Writers’ Conferences and Centers, and taught poetry workshops at Sarah Lawrence College and Georgia Tech. He passed away suddenly in 2013.