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Coming After: Essays on Poetry

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Coming After gathers critical pieces by acclaimed poet Alice Notley, author of Mysteries of Small Houses and Disobedience.

Notley explores the work of second-generation New York School poets and their allies: Ted Berrigan, Anne Waldman, Joanne Kyger, Ron Padgett, Lorenzo Thomas, and others. These essays and reviews are among the first to deal with a generation of poets noto
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 17th 2005 by University of Michigan Press
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Mar 29, 2014 Zack added it
This book hit me hard. Really got me questioning my writing practice in a good way. The first 2/3rds are very good. She writes about poets and reviews their work. About half the poets I had heard of and they other half I hadn't. Her writing about poetry is so engaging that even when she wrote about poets that I hadn't read or heard of, I was still digging it. And I plan to check out some of these folks now.
The last 1/3rd of the book though, is where things start to get really crazy in a good way
How can a poetics of doubt not result in bonsai-small or annoyingly humble poetry?
How can one avoid simply telling a modish truth with their poems? (You know what I mean.)
Notley knows! Read Notley's essays "Voice" and "Thinking in Poetry": they had a comet-splash
effect on my poor half-guided poetry-self; I wish I'd read them in my first year
as a writer: I would have wasted way less time.
Is there a way on Goodreads to mark a book as something you'll read and re-read? I got this on vacation a few years ago and read it three times before I returned home. O'Hara, Padgett, Kyger and much more. And some of her best thoughts.
May 02, 2009 Renee added it
A poet's must-have.
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Alice Notley (born 8 November 1945) is an American poet.

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More about Alice Notley...
The Descent of Alette Mysteries of Small Houses In the Pines Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2005 Disobedience

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