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In 1991, Dana Gioia's provocative essay "Can Poetry Matter?" was published in the Atlantic Monthly, and received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. In his book, Gioia more fully addressed the question: Is there a place for poetry to be part of modern American mainstream culture? Ten years later, the debate is as lively and heated as ever. Graywolf is pleased to re-issue this highly acclaimed collection in a handsome new edition, which includes a new Introduction by distinguished critic and poet, Dana Gioia.

An acclaimed poet, essayist, anthologist, BBC commentator, and critic, Dana Gioia is the author of Interrogations at Noon, a collection of poems that received the American Book Award, and Nosferatu, a libretto. He was recently nominated to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his family.

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

When it was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1991, Gioia's landmark article "Can Poetry Matter?" received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. This provocative essay collection, a contemporary classic now appearing in a special tenth-anniversary edition and featuring a new Introduction by the author, addresses more fully Gioia's key question: Is there a place for poetry in modern American mainstream culture?

"This book is destined to be a classic."Michael J. Bugeja, Columbus Dispatch

"Gioia is an engaged, thoroughgoing, enthusiastic reader, one who infuses us with his passion for poetry. If you're an educated general reader, and you read only one book about contemporary poetry, this should be that book."Ray Olson, Booklist

"No one, I think, has written with greater clarity or greater poignancyor with a greater sense of urgency, eitherabout the 'subculture' in which the art of poetry is still confined."Hilton Kramer, The New Criterion

"Can Poetry Matter? is an important book, and anyone who professes to care about the state of American poetry will have to take it into account."World Literature Today

"This book is destined to be a classic."Michael J. Bugeja, Columbus Dispatch

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"No one, I think, has written with greater clarity or greater poignancy ? or with a greater sense of urgency..." Booklist

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"No one, I think, has written with greater clarity or greater poignancy — or with a greater sense of urgency" Hilton Kramer, The New Criterion

Review:

"Can Poetry Matter? is an important book, and anyone who professes to care about the state of American poetry will have to take it into account." World Literature Today

Synopsis:

In 1991, Dana Gioia's provocative essay "Can Poetry Matter?" was published in the Atlantic Monthly, and received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. In his book, Gioia more fully addressed the question: Is there a place for poetry to be part of modern American mainstream culture? Ten years later, the debate is as lively and heated as ever. Graywolf is pleased to re-issue this highly acclaimed collection in a handsome new edition, which includes a new Introduction by distinguished critic and poet, Dana Gioia.

About the Author

An acclaimed poet, essayist, anthologist, BBC commentator, and critic, Dana Gioia is also the author of, most recently, Interrogations at Noon, a collection of poems that received the American Book Award, and Nosferatu, a libretto. He was recently nominated to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his family.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Tenth-Anniversary Edition

Preface

Can Poetry Matter?

The Dilemma of the Long Poem

Notes on the New Formalism

Strong Counsel (Robinson Jeffers)

The Loneliness of Weldon Kees

The Anonymity of the Regional Poet (Ted Kooser)

Business and Poetry

Two Views of Wallace Stevens

The Sense of the Sleight-of-Hand Man

The Emperor of Hartford

Bourgeois in Bohemia (T. S. Eliot)

The Successful Career of Robert Bly

Short Views

John Ashbery

Margaret Atwood

Jared Carter

James Dickey

Tom Disch

Maxine Kumin

Radcliffe Squires

Theodore Weiss

The Difficult Case of Howard Moss

Tradition and an Individual Talent (Donald Justice)

The Example of Elizabeth Bishop

The Poet in an Age of Prose

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555973704
Author:
Gioia, Dana
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Location:
Saint Paul, Minn.
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
LIT014000
Subject:
Poetry -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Literature and society -- United States.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Number:
10
Edition Description:
Anniversary
Series Volume:
044-02
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.98 x 6.04 x 0.745 in

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In 1991, Dana Gioia's provocative essay "Can Poetry Matter?" was published in the Atlantic Monthly, and received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. In his book, Gioia more fully addressed the question: Is there a place for poetry to be part of modern American mainstream culture? Ten years later, the debate is as lively and heated as ever. Graywolf is pleased to re-issue this highly acclaimed collection in a handsome new edition, which includes a new Introduction by distinguished critic and poet, Dana Gioia.

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