STRANGE GOOD FORTUNE: ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY POETRY
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STRANGE GOOD FORTUNE: ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY POETRY

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Strange Good Fortune is a collection of fifteen essays on the state of American verse, written by a well-known American poet whose criticism has also attracted considerable attention. Passionate in his engagement with both the practice of poetry and in the observation of verse as it exists within an increasingly professionalized and sometimes perplexing scene, Wojahn follo...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by University of Arkansas Press (first published May 2001)
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Pamela
Strange Good Fortune, a collection of essays by David Wojahn, was published a little over a decade ago, and some of the essays were written almost a decade before that (for instance, "The State You Are Entering: Depression and Contemporary Poetry" was written in 1992). Despite this, the collection as a whole addressed issues that continue to be of interest: Can poetry be authentic even if the circumstances that give rise to it are fictional, as is the case with the Araki Yasusada/Tosa Motokiyu/O...more
Erin
Sep 05, 2007 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: poets and those what teach them
Indispensable for his essay on writing about pop music.
Gary McDowell
Bill recs essay on narrative poetry.
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