Synopses & Reviews
Cultural Writing. Essays. Accessible, erudite, and ebullient the essays in this book delve into the workings of the poetic mind and offer incisive assessments of contemporary American poets and poetics. Hix not only maps the landscape, he reshapes it: taking on nabobs like John Ashberry, presenting such disparate figures as Charles Bernstein and Dana Gioia and the postmodern. AS EASY AS LYING is one of the best books on modern American poetry since Robert Hass's Twentieth Century Pleasures. H. L. Hix's poetry books have won the Peregrine Smith Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He has also won a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
The best book on Modern American poetry since Robert Hass's Twentieth Century Pleasures.
If you were stranded on some far slope of Parnassus and could bring only one book to map the landscape, H.L. Hix’s As Easy As Lying would be a good choice. Accessible, erudite, and ebullient, these essays delve into the workings of the poetic mind and offer incisive assessments of contemporary American poets and poetics. Hix not only maps the landscape, he reshapes it.
About the Author
Harvey Lee Hix (born 1960), who signs his work H.L. Hix, is an American poet and academic. Hix is the author of books of poetry, criticism and essays and has been awarded a fellowship from the NEA. He has also won the KCAI Teaching Excellence Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry (from Truman State University Press in Missouri, no relation to the more famous prize in Britain). In 2006 he was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry. He is a professor and the director of the creative writing MFA program at the University of Wyoming.