Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community
Letters to Poets honors and commemorates the hundredth anniversary of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet by partnering a selection of 14 of the country's leading contemporary poets with 14 emerging poets and documenting their correspondences. These poets challenge the hierarchies and pitfalls endemic to the mentoring process, and ask some of the day's toughest, most vital que...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Saturnalia Books
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I didn’t think poets wrote letters anymore—attentive, old-fangled, pen-to-paper affairs that touch on current projects, poetics, job and family, political events, and sympathetic close readings of the recipient’s work. Turns out they don’t, or didn’t until editors Dana Teen Lomax and Jennifer Firestone thought to ask them to. The upshot is 14 pairs of poets exchanging up to 6 letters over a 1-year period in time for the centenary of Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, the model and provocation for...more