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Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

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This utterly delightful anthology gathers poetic responses to other poems in a dialogue conducted across space and time.

Here are poems that answer, argue with, update, elaborate on, mock, interrogate, or pay tribute to poems of the past. We hear Leda's view of the Swan; feel sympathy for La Belle Dame sans Merci, and find out how Marvell's coy mistress might have answered...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Everyman's Library
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I came across this little book when someone else requested it. It is exactly what I like in a poetry book: funny, heartfelt, well-documented (footnotes are ideal, but a side-by-side reference and referent will do great), and nuanced. Poems can be so interestingly referential, but I hardly ever know the reference point. This mini-anthology draws from such a wide range of poets across the globe and across time, which is a particular delight since I am not super well versed in poetry. I think the n...more
Sadly, out of print.
A wonderful resource for teaching poetry: both the writing and reading of. Very enjoyable, interesting selection of paired poems.
This is the way I like to read poetry. I like to think about poetry and its relationship to more poetry and to writing in general. It's a bit of a stretch to categorize this as a book "on writing," perhaps, because it's really just an anthology with nothing but the poems, but Billy Collins' introduction is great, and really, putting together poems that are inspired by others or responding to others or making fun of others is a statement on writing.

It's also just a nice, handily sized collection...more
Jul 27, 2007 Pamela rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all poets interested in conversations
I've always been interested in poems that "talk to other poems." In fact, this was a unit in a recent workshop I taught. This book has many conversations betweeen poems and poets, as well as a few arguments and wrestling matches. (I'd give it 4 stars if I could figure out this bleeping rating system). The Neruda-Frishkorn pair-up is especially good. The idea of "conversation" as having its roots in "lifestyle" is very evident in her response.
Rough language in some of the modern poetry selected but excepting that, I ended up enjoying this collection of poems that "speak" to each other. Surprisingly, no commentary-just the poetry. Not most people's cup of tea but if you loved Marlowe and Raleigh's Passionate Shepherd/ Nymph "conversation" as I always have-you may appreciate this little book. Three and a halfish stars...
I like the idea that poems can talk to each other. Reading this collection helped me get a sense of the continuity of the art of poetry, especially the super old poems talking to the modern poems. I also like it when contemporary poems talk to contemporary poems. Hey, I'm easy to please.
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and wasn't it seamus heaney who said something like, "whoever said the first and last line of a poem signify its beginning and end?"

a delight to see harold, kimiko, and meg together in one book.
This sounds like such a neat idea, poems that talk, communicate, and respond to each. It was simply good when it could have been great.
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Aka Jon A. Harrald (joint pseudonym with Jonna Gormley Semeiks)

Harold Schechter is a professor of American Literature and culture at Queens College, the City University of New York. Among his nonfiction works are the historical true-crime classics Fatal, Fiend,Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved. He also authors a critically acclaimed mystery series featuring Edgar Allan Poe, which includes The Hum Bu...more
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