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Eighty-one poets list and comment on books that were essential in their artistic development
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Cynthia
Interesting stat about this book:

William Carlos Williams was the most frequently cited poet with 17 poets referring to him. Shakespeare and Yeats had 11.

Reading these poets write about their most essential works can work both for and against them. For example, Clayton Eshleman writes about his experiences leaving his wife and baby for another woman and tricking Cesar Vallejo's widow out of her rights to the works so he could translate them. And oh yeah, he flow back to his childhood home to te
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Heather Moss
Well, that took forever. I am much too much of a bibliomaniac and librarian to read this book without looking up every single thing that anyone mentioned. I really enjoyed this book; I got so many interesting suggestions of things to read. I barely read the actual essays associated with each author's list because I am more interested in how these things might influence me than how they influenced someone else.
Talia
Fun to read. Of course, poets tend to be a bit self-centered and this book only proves to emphasize that (a few went overboard, you know). But I'd like to share my own little list of what I read, but that's what GoodReads is anyway, I guess.
Gary McDowell
I love these kinds of books!
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Peter Davis lives with his sweet wife, son and daughter. His poems have appeared in places like Atticus, Jacket, and The Best American Poetry anthology. He draws, writes and makes music in Muncie, Indiana while teaching English at Ball State University. More info at artisnecessary.com.
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