Giving their word: conversations with contemporary poets

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Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press,
Pub. Date:
[2002]
Language:
English
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Based on a three-year series of interviews conducted by Steven Ratiner for the Christian Science Monitor, this book offers extended conversations with twelve of the most influential poets writing today. Their comments are wonderfully detailed, refreshingly honest, and provide the sort of intimate introduction to both poet and text that readers are rarely privileged to enjoy. Included are conversations with William Stafford, Mary Oliver, John Montague, Charles Simic, Seamus Heancy, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Carolyn Forche, Martin Espada, Marge Piercy, Rita Dove, and Bei Dao. In the book's closing interview, Steven Ratiner makes a return visit to Donald Hall's New Hampshire farm shortly before the publication of Hall's collection Without, which focused on the death of his wife, poet Jane Kenyon. Giving their word is what poets do; it is their stock-in-trade, their daily bread. In the hands of the most accomplished, a poet's words are transformed into a kind of window: looking inward toward the territory of memory, dream, personal mythology and opening out onto the landscape of the shared world where life and work are rooted. For each poet there is an intricate relationship between t
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ISBN:
9781558493575
Lexile measure:
1040L
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subject_facet American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc, Interviews, Poetry -- Authorship, Poetry, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc, Poets -- 20th century -- Interviews, Poets, American -- 20th century -- Interviews
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