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Books about Poetry

Death Watch: A View from the Tenth Decade

Gerald Stern (author)

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In Death Watch, National Book Award–winning poet Gerald Stern uses powerful prose to sift through personal and prophetic history and contemplate his own mortality. Characteristically audacious, uncompromising, funny, and iconoclastic, Stern looks back at his life and forward to how his story will play out. Wrestling with his identity in Judaism, he explores how his name was uprooted from its origins, as so much of his...

Pittsburgh-born poet Gerald Stern’s latest collection of essays, 'Death Watch: A View From the Tenth Decade,' concerns itself almost exclusively with Mr. Stern’s impending...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman

Paul Mariani (author)

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Dream Song is the story of John Berryman, one of the most gifted poets of a generation that included Elizabeth Bishop, Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, and Dylan Thomas. Using Berryman's unpublished letters and poetry, as well as interviews with those who knew him intimately, Paul Mariani captures Berryman's genius and the tragedy that dogged him while also illuminating one of the most provocative periods in American...

The ups and downs of Berryman's fascinating, excruciating life are beautifully retold. . . . A scrupulous, sensitive biography that is full of pity and wonder, that...USA Today

The Ecopoetry Anthology

Ann Fisher-Wirth (editor), Laura-Gray Street (editor), Robert Hass (introduction)

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As the critic R. P. Blackmur said, poetry “adds to the stock of available reality.” In The Ecopoetry Anthology, editors Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street present hundreds of poems that add to our reality about the natural world, its beauties and its degradations. This groundbreaking collection has the capacity to transform people's lives aesthetically and politically. Poetry's eloquent and ineffable power can...

The strength of The Ecopoetry Anthology is in its companionable, earthbound perspective, poem after poem. Cutting a broad swath from "the natural history of tears" (Peter... — Chicago Review

In the Blue Pharmacy: Essays on Poetry and Other Transformations

Marianne Boruch (author)

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Celebrated poet and essayist Marianne Boruch ponders poets and poetry, examining how the imagination works with mystery and surprise in a variety of writers. Combining a richly associative style with original insights on poetic texts, she brings in material from other worlds—among them, science and music—to demonstrate the myriad ways we transform experience and knowledge. The sixteen essays here explore poets and...

It is rare to open a book, to begin the first sentence, and then want more than anything to burst into the Handel aria that has the line, 'Take me, O take me to your...Jane Hamilton

Insane Devotion: On the Writing of Gerald Stern

Mihaela Moscaliuc (editor)

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Gerald Stern has been a significant presence in the literary constellation of his generation and an impassioned and idiosyncratic voice in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American poetry. In this retrospective of Stern's career, fourteen writers, critics, and poets examine the themes, stylistic traits, and craft of a poet who has shaped and inspired American verse for generations. The essays and interviews that...

Gerald Stern is one of those writers whose style insinuates itself into your consciousness like a catchy tune, so that you find your thoughts echoing its rhythms, bopping...Philadelphia Inquirer

I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature

Lucia Perillo (author)

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During her days as a park ranger, Lucia Perillo loved nothing more than to hike the Cascade Mountains alone, taking special pride in her daring solo skis down the raw, unpatrolled slopes of Mount Rainier. Then in her thirties she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing Perillo confronts, in stark but often comic terms, the ironies and losses of going from an outdoors person to...

Encourages us to see the common and invisible through new eyes.Bookslut

Poets on the Psalms

Lynn Domina (editor)

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Reverential, celebratory, antagonistic, and even erotic, this remarkable collection of essays interprets the Psalms as a collection of poetry. Written by fourteen acclaimed poets, the essays approach the Psalms from a personal, often autobiographical perspective, demonstrating how relevant they remain for today’s readers.

Editor Lynn Domina brings together fourteen modern-day poets providing remarkable reverential, celebratory, antagonistic, and even erotic interpretations of the Psalms,...Christian Newswire

Unchopping a Tree

W. S. Merwin (author), Liz Ward (illustrations)

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There’s no mystery to chopping down a tree. But how do you put back together a tree that’s been felled? Mystical instructions are required, and that’s what W. S. Merwin provides in this prose piece. Written with a poet’s grace, an ecologist’s insights, and a Buddhist’s reverence for life, this elegant work describes the difficult, sacred job of reconstructing a tree. Step by step, page by page, with Merwin’s humble...

In his personal anonymity, his strict individuated manner, his defense of the earth, and his heartache at time’s passing, Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the...Orion

William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked

Paul Mariani (author)

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William Carlos Williams emerged alongside Pound, Eliot, Stevens, Frost, and Yeats as one of the foremost poets of the twentieth century. Paterson, Williams's epic masterpiece, raised everyday American speech to the highest levels of poetic imagination. A finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book, William Carlos Williams is a remarkable, rich blend of art and scholarship. From a small-town...

The most laudable aspect of Paul Mariani's critical biography of William Carlos Williams is that it largely succeeds in placing him, in his biographer's words, as ''the...New York Times Book Review