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Bardic Deadlines: Reviewing Poetry, 1984-95 (Poets on Poetry)

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In Bardic Deadlines, writer and editor Geoffrey O'Brien collects twenty of his essays on poetry that originally appeared in the Voice Literary Supplement and the New York Review of Books. O'Brien surveys an array of some of the most striking and innovative poets to emerge in recent decades, including Susan Howe, August Kleinzahler, Clark Coolidge, Nathaniel Mackey, Gustaf Sobin, and Michael O'Brien. Discussions of contemporary work are juxtaposed with considerations of other traditions going as far back as the second-century Chinese anthology The Songs of the South and the Sanskrit master Kalidasa, traditions considered highly relevant to current practice.

There are engaging, in-depth portraits of the work of poets John Clare, Hugh MacDiarmid, Emily Bronte, Kenji Miyazawa, and Frank O'Hara, among others. There is also an exploration of the poetics of Walt Whitman that highlights themes addressed throughout the collection: the physicality and musicality of language, the spatial dimension of poetry, the intimate bond between poet and reader, and the secret and often obsessive strategies by which the poet hides secrets in plain sight and enlists the reader in the making of the poem. Each essay focuses on poetry as experience that impinges on basic questions of identity and being.

Geoffrey O'Brien is the author of a number of nonfiction books and poetry collections, including Hardboiled America: Lurid Paperbacks and the Masters of Noir, Floating City: Selected Poems 1978-1995, and The Hudson Mystery, and a fictional work, The Times Square Story. He is editor-in-chief of the Library of America.

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Reviews the most innovative poetry of recent years and the more traditional forms that preceded it

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472096831
Author:
O'Brien, Geoffrey
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Author:
O'Brien, Geoffrey
Author:
O'Brien, Geoffrey Paul
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
English poetry
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
English poetry -- History and criticism.
Subject:
American poetry -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Poets on Poetry (Hardcover)
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8 x 5.38 in

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