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Marjorie Perloff writes in her preface to Poetics in a New Key that when she learned David Jonathan Y. Bayot wanted to publish a collection of her interviews and essays, she was “at once honored and mystified.”  But to Perloffs surprise and her readers delight, the resulting assembly not only presents an accessible and provocative introduction to Perloffs critical thought, but also highlights the wide range of her interests, and the energetic reassessments and new takes that have marked her academic career. 

The fourteen interviews in Poetics in a New Key—conducted by scholars, poets, and critics from the United States, Denmark, Norway, France, and Poland, including Charles Bernstein, Hélène Aji, and Peter Nicholls—cover a broad spectrum of topics in the study of poetry: its nature as a literary genre, its current state, and its relationship to art, politics, language, theory, and technology. Also featured in the collection are three pieces by Perloff herself: an academic memoir, an exploration of poetry pedagogy, and an essay on twenty-first-century intellectuals. But across all the interviews and essays, Perloffs distinctive personality and approach to reading and talking resound, making this new collection an inspiring resource for scholars both of poetry and writing.

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"I don't know why we do it. We must be crazy./Welcome, fellow poet."--Richard Hugo

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This collection of interviews and essays presents an entertaining and provocative introduction to the critical thought of Marjorie Perloff. The fourteen interviews — conducted by accomplished scholars, poets, and critics from the United States, Denmark, Norway, France, and Poland — cover many topics: poetrys nature as a literary genre, its current state, and its relation to art, politics, language, theory, and technology. The volume also features three essays by Perloff: an academic memoir, an exploration of poetry pedagogy, and an essay on the (re)constitution of the intellectuals in the 21st century. It will be an inspiring resource for both scholars and poets who care to live a life of attention, on and off the page of poetry.

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Richard Hugo was that rare phenomenon of American letters'"a distinguished poet who was also an inspiring teacher. The Triggering Townis Hugo's now-classic collection of lectures, essays, and reflections, all "directed toward helping with that silly, absurd, maddening, futile, enormously rewarding activity: writing poems." Anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, will benefit greatly from Hugo's sayd, playful, profound insights and advice concerning the mysteries of literary creation.

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Richard Hugo, whom Carolyn Kizer called "one of the most passionate, energetic and honest poets living," was that rare phenomenon--a distinguished poet who was also an inspiring teacher. is Hugo's classic collection of lectures, essays, and reflections, all "directed toward helping with that silly, absurd, maddening, futile, enormously rewarding activity: writing poems." From pieces that include "Writing off the Subject" and "How Poets Make a Living," anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, will benefit greatly from Hugo's playful and profound insights into the mysteries of literary creation.

About the Author

Richard Hugo was for many years the director of the creative writing program at the University of Montana, Missoula Campus. He received the Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize and was twice nominated for the National Book Award.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

                Marjorie Perloff

 

Part I: The Critic

1              Becoming a Critic: An Academic Memoir

2              A Critic of the Other Tradition

                Interview with Hélène Aji and Antoine Cazé

3              Marjorie Perloff On and Off the Page of Poetry

                Interview with Kristine Samson and Nikolaj Rønhede

 

Part II: A Poetics

4              The Alter(ed) Ground of Poetry and Pedagogy

                Conversation with Charles Bernstein

5              Mapping the New

                Interview with Rain Taxi Review of Books

6              Modernism / Postmodernism? Will the Real Avant-garde Please Stand Up!

                Interview with Jeffrey Side

7              (Un)Framing the other Tradition: On Ashbery and Others

                Interview with Grzegorz Jankowicz

8              Robert Lowell, Now and Then

                Conversation with David Wojahn

9              Futurism and Schism: Close Listening with Marjorie Perloff

                Interview with Charles Bernstein

10           The Challenge of Language

                Interview with Enrique Mallen

11           Conceptual Writing: A Modernist Issue

                Interview with Peter Nicholls

12           Still Making It New: Marjorie Perloff in Manifesto Mode

                Interview with Ellef Prestsæter

 

Part III: To Praxis

13           What is Poetry?

                Interview with Fulcrum

14           On Evaluation in Poetry

                Dialogue with Robert von Hallberg

15           Teaching Poetry in Translation: The Case for Bilingualism

16           The Internet Moment in the Life of Publishing

                Interview with Front Porch Magazine

17           The Intellectual in the 21st Century

 

Afterword

                David Jonathan Y. Bayot

Interviewers

Index of Names

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tonipoet, April 19, 2014 (view all comments by tonipoet)
The essential Hugo -- if you can't sit in a bar with Hugo, listening to his stories and bits of wisdom and advice, this book is the next best thing. For example: "Never worry about the reader, what the reader can understand. When you are writing, glance over your shoulder, and you'll find there is no reader. Just you and the page. Feel lonely? Good. Assuming you can write clear English sentences, give up all worry about communication. If you want to communicate, use the telephone."
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Richard Bauer, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Richard Bauer)
Hugo is a a poet who grew up in Seattle, went to WW II as a bombardier in the European theatre and returned to study poetry at the University of Washington under Theodore Reothke. The book is subtitled "Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing" and is a collection of essays about just that. But there's various fascinating asides such as a chapter titled "Stray Thoughts on Roethke and Teaching" and one on his war
experiences while stationed in Italy: "Ci Vediamo". "How Poets Make a Living" refers to his 13 years at Boeing as a tech writer who did poetry on the side. This book is just beautifully written.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393338720
Author:
Hugo, Richard
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Bayot, David Jonathan Y.
Author:
Perloff, Marjorie
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , "I don't know why we do it. We must be crazy./Welcome, fellow poet."--Richard Hugo
"Synopsis" by ,
This collection of interviews and essays presents an entertaining and provocative introduction to the critical thought of Marjorie Perloff. The fourteen interviews — conducted by accomplished scholars, poets, and critics from the United States, Denmark, Norway, France, and Poland — cover many topics: poetrys nature as a literary genre, its current state, and its relation to art, politics, language, theory, and technology. The volume also features three essays by Perloff: an academic memoir, an exploration of poetry pedagogy, and an essay on the (re)constitution of the intellectuals in the 21st century. It will be an inspiring resource for both scholars and poets who care to live a life of attention, on and off the page of poetry.
"Synopsis" by , Richard Hugo was that rare phenomenon of American letters'"a distinguished poet who was also an inspiring teacher. The Triggering Townis Hugo's now-classic collection of lectures, essays, and reflections, all "directed toward helping with that silly, absurd, maddening, futile, enormously rewarding activity: writing poems." Anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, will benefit greatly from Hugo's sayd, playful, profound insights and advice concerning the mysteries of literary creation.
"Synopsis" by , Richard Hugo, whom Carolyn Kizer called "one of the most passionate, energetic and honest poets living," was that rare phenomenon--a distinguished poet who was also an inspiring teacher. is Hugo's classic collection of lectures, essays, and reflections, all "directed toward helping with that silly, absurd, maddening, futile, enormously rewarding activity: writing poems." From pieces that include "Writing off the Subject" and "How Poets Make a Living," anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, will benefit greatly from Hugo's playful and profound insights into the mysteries of literary creation.
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