The Necessary Poetics of Atheism: Essays and Poems

The Necessary Poetics of Atheism: Essays and Poems


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“The Necessary Poetics of Atheism” collects poems and essays by three award-winning contemporary poets who demonstrate how atheism informs their poetics: as "a vehicle of political protest" in the work of Martín Espada, as a form of activism and secular goodness in Lauren Marie Schmidt's poems, and as an aesthetic confrontation of a theistic worldview in J. D. Schraffenberger's writing. An enlightening foreword by the atheist philosopher Andrew Sneddon and a compelling introduction by poet Heid E. Erdrich invite us to read these "uneasy, contentious, complex, powerful, triumphant voices that allow goodness to shine without God." Espada asks, "Where, then, does an atheist poet put his or her faith? Where do we find our salvation? Some poets would say: Poetry." Put your faith in “The Necessary Poetics of Atheism” and find salvation in these provocative pages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986159732
Publisher: Twelve Winters Press
Publication date: 10/12/2016
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Martín Espada has published nearly twenty books as poet, editor, essayist, and translator. His most recent collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. Other collections of poems include The Trouble Ball, The Republic of Poetry, and Alabanza. Among his many honors is the Shelley Memorial Award. He is professor of English at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of three collections of poetry: Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing, The Voodoo Doll Parade, and Psalms of the Dining Room. Her poems have appeared widely, including in North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Nimrod. Her fourth collection, Filthy Labors, is forthcoming in 2017 from Northwestern University Press.

J. D. Schraffenberger is the editor of the North American Review and the NAR Press. He is the author of two books of poetry, Saint Joe's Passion and The Waxen Poor, and the editor, most recently, of Manifold Nature: John Burroughs and the North American Review. His other work has appeared in Best Creative Nonfiction, RHINO, Brevity, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Andrew Sneddon; Introduction, Heid E. Erdrich; The Shiny Aluminum of God, Martín Espada; The Atheist in Holy Places, Lauren Marie Schmidt; What Truth Is To Be Had: An Atheist Poetics, J.D. Schraffenberger.

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