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Seven Poets, Four Days, One Book
by Dean Young, Christopher Merrill, Marvin Bell, Tomaž Šalamun, Simone Inguanez, Istvan Laszlo Geher, Ksenia Golubovich
Lauded poet Christopher Merrill hatched a brilliant plan: invite six other poets to join him in four days of writing in Iowa City. The poets would write for30 minutes, creating a poem of 15 lines, and then read it aloud to the group. As poets heard the poems, they noted memorable words, images, and lines, which they would borrow to insert in subsequent poems of their own. ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Trinity University Press
(first published April 1st 2009)
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A wonderful collection which shows you what seven talented poets can do when locked in a room to write. It's wonderful how the phrases appear and reappear in various poems, how they change and build on each other. Though it's tempting to linger over many of these dense gems, it makes a big difference to read straight through the sequence at least once first, to get the big picture.
Dean Young is a contemporary American poet in the poetic lineage of John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and Kenneth Koch. Though often cited as a second-generation New York School poet, his work also resonates with the Surrealist poetry of Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, and Guillaume Apollinaire, and if neo-surrealism has a poetic corollary then it is him. His most recent books are Elegy on Toy Piano ...moreMore about Dean Young...