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A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry
The literary tradition of persona, of writing poems in voices or from perspectives other than the poet's own, is ancient in origin and contemporary in practice. The embodiment of different voices is a moment of true empathy, as the author moves beyond his or her own margins to fully inhabit the character, personality, and mindset of another human being. While there are a g ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by University Of Akron Press
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Like all anthologies, this one is uneven, but there's plenty of good stuff, including standout poems by Caki Wilkinson, Dan Albergotti, Adam Vines, Gregory Fraser, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Frank Giampietro, Cornelius Eady, Jake Adam York, Patricia Smith, John Poch, Jehanne Dubrow, Chad Davidson, Derrick Harriell, and others. I'm using this anthology in a class on persona poems this semester; I'm looking forward to the day when my students come in, eager to talk about Greg Santos's "Hulk Smash!"