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An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art

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ISBN: 9780472067251
Author(s): Annie Finch
Format: Paperback
Year: 2002
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Dimensions: 158 x 238 x 29 (w x l x h)
Pages: 456

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At once handbook, reader, and guide to the literary tastes and wisdom of poets, "An Exaltation of Forms" is an indispensable resource certain to find a dedicated audience among poetry lovers. The editors invited over fifty contemporary poets to select a poetic meter, stanza, or form, describe it, recount its history, and provide favorite examples. The essays represent a remarkably diverse range of literary styles and approaches, and show how the forms of contemporary English-language poetry derive from a wealth of different traditions.
The forms range from hendecasyllabics to prose poetry, "haiku" to procedural poetry, sonnets to blues, rap to fractal verse. The range of poets included is equally impressive—from Amiri Baraka to John Frederick Nims, from Maxine Kumin to Marilyn Hacker, from Agha Shahid Ali to Pat Mora, from W. D. Snodgrass to Charles Bernstein. Achieving this level of eclecticism is a remarkable feat, especially given the strong opinions held by members of the various camps (e.g., the New Formalists, LANGUAGE poets, feminist and multicultural poets) that exist within today's poetry community. Poets who might never occupy the same room here occupy the same pages, perhaps for the first time. The net effect is a book that will surprise, inform, and delight a wide range of readers, whether as reference book, pleasure reading, or classroom
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