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To Be the Poet is Kingston's manifesto, the avowal and declaration of a writer who has devoted a good part of her sixty years to writing prose, and who, over the course of this spirited and inspiring book, works out what the rest of her life will be, in poetry. Taking readers along with her, this celebrated writer gathers advice from her gifted contemporaries and from sages, critics, and writers whom she takes as ancestors. She consults her past, her conscience, her time — and puts together a volume at once irreverent and deeply serious, playful and practical, partaking of poetry throughout as it pursues the meaning, the possibility, and the power of the life of the poet. A manual on inviting poetry, on conjuring the elusive muse, To Be the Poet is also a harvest of poems, from charms recollected out of childhood to bursts of eloquence, wonder, and waggish wit along the way to discovering what it is to be a poet.

Review:

"[Kingston's] lyrical prose uses...specifics of one woman's life to make a universal statement about how writers live and work." A. Van Jordan, Washington Post

Review:

"She gives her readers the opportunity to see an accomplished artist at work in the creative process a new one for her. This book should appeal to all who have had the urge to put pen to paper." Ron Ratliff, Library Journal

Synopsis:

This is a collection of poems, from charms recollected out of childhood to nursts of eloquence, wonder and waggish wit along the way to discovering what it is to be a poet.

Synopsis:

"I have almost finished my longbook," Maxine Hong Kingston declares. "Let my life as Poet begin...I won't be a workhorse anymore; I'll be a skylark." To Be the Poet is Kingston's manifesto, the avowal and declaration of a writer who has devoted a good part of her sixty years to writing prose, and who, over the course of this spirited and inspiring book, works out what the rest of her life will be, in poetry.

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Maxine Hong Kingston is a 1997 National Humanities Medal Winner

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2008 Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, National Book Foundation

About the Author

Maxine Hong Kingston, Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing at the <>University of California, Berkeley, delivered the 2000 William E. Massey Lectures at Harvard, on which this book is based. For her memoirs and fiction, The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, and Hawaii One Summer, Kingston has earned numerous awards, among them the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Pen West Award for Fiction, an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the rare title of "Living Treasure of Hawai'i." In addition, The Fifth Book of Peacewill be published in the Spring of 2003.

Table of Contents

1. I Choose the Poet's Life

2. I Call on the Muses of Poetry, and Here's What I Get

3. Spring Harvest

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674007918
Author:
Kingston, Maxine Hong
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Chinese American women
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Poetry -- Authorship.
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Literary Criticism-Poetry
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Copyright:
Series:
The William E. Massey, Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization
Series Volume:
0845
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 author drawings
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7 x 6 x 10 mm 9 oz

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Product details 128 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674007918 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Kingston's] lyrical prose uses...specifics of one woman's life to make a universal statement about how writers live and work."
"Review" by , "She gives her readers the opportunity to see an accomplished artist at work in the creative process a new one for her. This book should appeal to all who have had the urge to put pen to paper."
"Synopsis" by , This is a collection of poems, from charms recollected out of childhood to nursts of eloquence, wonder and waggish wit along the way to discovering what it is to be a poet.
"Synopsis" by , "I have almost finished my longbook," Maxine Hong Kingston declares. "Let my life as Poet begin...I won't be a workhorse anymore; I'll be a skylark." To Be the Poet is Kingston's manifesto, the avowal and declaration of a writer who has devoted a good part of her sixty years to writing prose, and who, over the course of this spirited and inspiring book, works out what the rest of her life will be, in poetry.
"Synopsis" by , Maxine Hong Kingston is a 1997 National Humanities Medal Winner
"Synopsis" by , 2008 Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, National Book Foundation
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