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A Martian Muse: Further Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry (Poets on Poetry)

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Publisher Comments:

Those who have read Orpheus in the Bronx, Reginald Shepherd's previous collection of essays about the act of creating poetry, and those who take on the task, can immediately understand why it was a national finalist for a prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award. Shepherd was candid and disarming, practical and funny, able to mix thoughts about the Transformers with meditations on the realities of growing up poor.

This is Reginald Shepherd's final opportunity to speak his mind about the craft he loved, the art of using words to express the soul and the wit of every person's experience. Edited by Shepherd's longtime partner and intellectual confidant, Robert Philen, A Martian Muse stands as a final monument to a master in the craft, but is also a readable, important work in its own right.

"Reginald Shepherd died September 10, 2008, after a hard struggle with cancer. While he had completed the essays presented here and had selected them from his available essays to form a collection, he didn't have time to organize the presentation of the essays within the collection.

"The task of editing this collection has been a daunting challenge as I struggle to live up to the level of intellectual engagement, clarity, and coherence that Reginald always expected. While daunting, it has also been a labor of love and a compulsion for me, based on the many years I spent with him as a partner, friend, lover, intellectual companion, and sharer of common passions."

---Robert Philen, from the Introduction

Reginald Shepherd was the editor of The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries and Lyric Postmodernisms: An Anthology of Contemporary Innovative Poetries and the author of five books of poetry. He was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award and was the recipient of grants from the NEA, the Illinois Arts Council, the Saltonstall Foundation, the Florida Arts Council, and the Vogelstein Foundation, among many other awards and honors.

Synopsis:

National Book Critics Circle Award finalist's posthumous volume of critical essays

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472050970
Author:
Shepherd, Reginald
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Editor:
Philen, Robert
Author:
Philen, Robert
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Poetics
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Series:
Poets on Poetry
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.38 in

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