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Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary
Few could deny that the contemporary is the chronic blind spot in most liberal arts curricula. Many "twentieth century lit." courses still don't cover much after the mid-fifties; other disciplines in the humanities don't acknowledge poetry at all as part of the study of the contemporary. The essays collected here suggestively address the possibilities, pleasures, and risks ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan
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This is a super useful, hands-on book. The first half is devoted to pedagogical theory is essays by wide-ranging contemporary poets and educators. The second half, entitled, "A New How-To" is comprised of essays (again, by contemporary & experimental poets & educators) that discuss ways of reading, discussing, teaching, and experimenting with contemporary poetries. I have eighty-seven bookmarks in this book, not just for teaching ideas, but also for ways of reading and learning that I wa ...more
I didn't read this book cover to cover, but rather flipped through the essays that seemed pertinent. I adored Charles Bernstein's essay "The Difficult Poem" which struck just the right cord of wiry teasing and genuine comfort to those who find themselves at see when dealing with experimental, indeterminate, challenging poems. "Stages of Encounter with a Difficult Text" by Lyn Hejinian was also incredibly useful.