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Contemporary American Poetry: Behind the Scenes

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"Contemporary American Poetry" is an anthology featuring generous poetry selections from highly-respected and up-and-coming writers, chosen and commented upon by the writers themselves. In straightforward, conversational language, each poet provides original commentary that reveals the aesthetic and artistic choices they made in their creation. Along with advice and exerci ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Longman Publishing Group
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29 teachers of poetry present examples of their work which allowed them to talk constructively about it. Each master offers a lesson and some writing suggestions, followed by a quotation from other poems.
Kim Addonizio on Duende and Desire
Dick Allen on Form and Natural Speech pattern
David Baker on Double-Exposed Narrative
Robert Bly on Assertions and Associations
Michael J. Bugeja on the Sonnet Crown
Wanda Coleman on the Poet-in-Progress
Billy Collins on Metaphor and Movement
Stephen Dunn on Drift an
We used this text in an advanced poetry class I took in college. My only complaint is that we spent too much time reading each others poems and not enough reading this text. I found the selections brilliant and the interviews with the poets insightful. My favorites from the collections were Kim Addonizio, Billy Collins and the beautiful work of Elaine Duhamel. I haven't read all the sections yet.
I use this book when teaching poetry workshops. I especially like the David Baker poems and explanation as well as the Kay Ryan selections. It's an intriguing look behind the scenes of crafting a poem, if you believe in that stuff. It's a decent perspective on "craft," if nothing else.
Jun 21, 2007 Claire rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers, poets
This is an amazing book for teaching poetry, with poems, essays, writing exercises, and a cd. I highly recommend it to any poet or creative writing teacher!
I will admit that I am not a fan of poetry but I enjoyed the poems from this book. There is a good amount of diversity throughout the poems selected.
This collection allowed me to visit with old friends, discover new ones, and peek inside the minds of these eclectic and talented poets.
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