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Poetry in Person: Twenty-five Years of Conversation with America's Poets
 
 
Author
Alexander Neubauer, ed.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 6.4 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780307269676
Pages/Publication Date 343/2010
Daedalus Item Code 23519
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"In the fall of 1970, at the New School in Greenwich Village, a new teacher posted a flyer on the wall," begins Alexander Neubauer's introduction to this remarkable book. "It read 'Meet Poets and Poetry, with Pearl London and Guests'." Few students responded; no one knew Pearl London, the daughter of M. Lincoln Schuster, cofounder of Simon & Schuster. But the seminar's first guests turned out to be John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, and Robert Creely. Soon W.S. Merwin followed, then Mark Strand and Galway Kinnell. London invited poets to bring their drafts to class, to discuss their work in progress and the details of vision and revision that brought a poem to its final version. From Maxine Kumin in 1973 to Eamon Grennan in 1996—including Amy Clampitt, Marilyn Hacker, Paul Muldoon, Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, and U.S. poet laureates Robert Hass, Robert Pinsky, Louise Glück, and Charles Simic—the book follows an extraordinary range of poets as they craft their poems, and offers numerous illustrations of the original drafts, which bring their processes to light.

"Dazzling ... one of the best books you will ever read on how poems are actually made.... [The book] invites the most careful study, yet it's also a book full of gripes and brilliant observations and impassioned arguments."—Washington Post Book World

"From 1970 to 1998, Pearl London conducted a 'Works in Progress' poetry course at the New School in Greenwich Village, inviting poets to bring manuscripts of poems they were struggling with and offer them up for dissection and discussion. London, daughter of M. Lincoln Schuster of Simon & Schuster, was no ordinary teacher, and her guests were nothing less than nascent literary giants. These remarkably candid and inspiring conversations about aesthetic and moral matters would have faded from memory if a stash of forgotten cassette tapes hadn't been found after London's death in 2003. Writer and former New Schooler Neubauer selected and judiciously edited 23 exciting interviews, which, accompanied by photographs of the poets and reproductions of their manuscripts, reveal what poets do and why they do it. Maxine Kumin and Robert Hass have opposite views about abstraction in poetry. June Jordan speaks of poetry and politics. Galway Kinnell calls for a new form of nature poems. Derek Walcott speaks of the 'honesty of the line.' Extraordinary moments with Frank Bidart, Amy Clampitt, Lucille Clifton, Edward Hirsch, Li-Young Lee, Philip Levine, and James Merrill create a treasury of passionate and enlightening exchanges that illuminate the very life force of poetry."—Booklist (starred review)

 
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