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Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems

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Too many amazing poems end up overlooked by the academy and excluded from the canon, remaining largely unknown to the poetry-reading public.  Joy Katz and Kevin Prufer’s Dark Horses joyfully rediscovers dozens of these poems, recognizes their power, and illuminates their significance. 

 

Seventy-five established American poets including Billy Collins, John Ashbery, Linda Bie
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published December 20th 2006 by University of Illinois Press
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Melissa
Sep 22, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I think that anyone can admit that the idea behind this anthology is an excellent one—to have established poets talk about the best under-read, unappreciated, and even unheard of poems, poems that have no place in anthologies but sure do deserve a place there. The selections covered in Dark Horses are as varied as the poets who talk about them, but each represent that repressed section of the literary world that—for some reason or another—simply cannot break through. Here is the chance for these ...more
Tandava Brahmachari
Apr 25, 2016 Tandava Brahmachari rated it really liked it
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Good concept for an anthology, and you get a lot of variety with so many poets choosing and writing about their favorite poems. I like the high ratio of prose to poetry, because otherwise I have a tendency to speed through poems until I find one I obviously like, and this slows me down enough to learn why someone else liked something. And if you don't agree with their taste, or don't enjoy their writing, you're on to someone else soon enough.
Pablo Miguel
Feb 11, 2008 Pablo Miguel rated it really liked it
What a terrific find. Each neglected/overlooked poem (some by the most well-known names, others by forgotten ones) is followed by a loving meditation/defense/commendation from a contemporary poet. (No, these are not cold dissections.) To say that these commentaries are illuminating and luscious is understatement.
Amy
Mar 30, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Awesome book, not only for the poems (which were a great mix of old and new, wild and subdued, long and short, "experimental" and traditional) but for the extraordinarily revealing essays by poets, about how they came to be included in the collection. This is really good stuff, the kind of book that makes you think about what makes a poem, and a poet, enduring.
Therese Broderick
Jan 01, 2010 Therese Broderick rated it really liked it
Over sixty poets provide the texts of their favorite neglected works by other poets, along with insightful commentaries. I loved the variety of poems offered and the articulate appreciations. Several of these poems are now among my own favorites.
Jaclyn
Apr 02, 2012 Jaclyn rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
I liked exactly two poems in this book, but...I really did love them. So, depending on how you calculate worth, it might be worth checking out this book.
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