The Poem's Country: Place & Poetic Practice

The Poem's Country: Place & Poetic Practice


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Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Essay. In thirty innovative essays, THE POEM'S COUNTRY: PLACE & POETIC PRACTICE considers how the question of place shapes contemporary poetry. Responding from cities and rural communities across the United States, the contributors of THE POEM'S COUNTRY thoughtfully and passionately explore issues of politics, personal identity, ecology, the Internet, war, sexuality, faith, and the imagination. Essential reading for students of poetry at every level, THE POEM'S COUNTRY examines the connection between lyric and geographical constraint, as well as how place challenges, enchants, and helps clarify the intersections between language and the world.

"This remarkable and exciting gathering of prose on contemporary poetry is international and generational at once -- this is important because it represents the imaginations and insights of emerging poets writing across a spectrum of taste, 'place and poetic practice.' Yet the critical nature of the writing is more testimony than theory, more personal than panoramic, which means that the individual essays are that much more alive, more in touch, and more unique. Overall, THE POEM'S COUNTRY resists tradition even more than it replaces it." --Stanley Plumly

"THE POEM'S COUNTRY demonstrates that poetry isn't limited to the landscapes we inhabit but by the scope of the imagination itself. In these ravishing essays, the next generation of poets explores the influence of place on contemporary poetry, and a diverse reimagining of place emerges that both grounds and lifts us up." --Quan Barry

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997099416
Publisher: Pleiades Press
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 1,064,043
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Shara Lessley is a writer and teacher. The author of Two-Headed Nightingale and The Explosive Expert's Wife (forthcoming 2018), she is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She currently serves as Operations Director for Oxford Writers' House.

Bruce Snider is a writer and teacher. He is the author of two poetry collections, Paradise, Indiana, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and The Year We Studied Women,winner of Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 11

Foreword: Eavan Boland 15

Introduction: Editors 22

Selected Writings

Fluid States: Ocean as Place & Poetic Elizabeth Bradfield 31

The Cloud, The Desktop, & the Poetics of No-Place Christopher Kempf 45

What's American about American Poetry? Kazim Ali 60

Making Space: A Notebook Sandra Lim 75

Trouble & Consolidation: Writing the Gay Rural Bruce Snider 80

Ghost Towns Nick Lantz 93

Unpeopled Edens Rigoberto González 106

The Broken Line Joan Naviyuk Kane 115

The Lyric City Wayne Miller 124

Broad Daylight Amaud Jamaul Johnson 135

Herrick to Harjo: Looking for Food in the Nature Poem Keith Ekiss 151

Recovery Janine Joseph 162

Place in Mind Peter Streckfus 169

If You Need Me, Mother Is the Poem Where I'll Be Sabrina Orah Mark 184

On Blackacre Monica Youn 190

Thinking Detroit Hayan Charara 194

Homing In: The Place of Poetry in the Global Digital Age Philip Metres 203

On Writing from the New Oceania Craig Santos Perez 213

In the Country of War Jehanne Dubrow 219

Bone Will Adapt to Loads of Pressure: The Body & Poetic Space Emilia Phillips 228

A Place for Ghosts Abigail Chabitnoy 237

Tapping the Glass: On Poems, Aquariums, & Form Nicky Beer 244

Locating Silence James Allen Hall 256

Famous Mushroom Mark Wunderlich 263

My Backyard, but Not What Happened to My Body Molly McCully Brown 270

Lone Tree, Far Away Shane McCrae 276

A Poetics of Tectonic Scale: The Great Distance Poem Katy Didden 279

One Cluster, Bright, Astringent Shara Lessley 304

I Had a Place Spencer Reece 317

Five Essential Poems of Place: Contributors 323

Editors' Recommendations: Contemporary Poems of Place 330

Sources 334

Biographical Information 343

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