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20th Century Poetry and Poetics by Gary Geddes
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Mar 26, 09

bookshelves: poetry
Read in January, 1981, read count: 2

For me, this book is different from other anthologies of modern poetry in two ways. First, in addition to the usual suspects (T.S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Charles Olson, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti), it includes work by Canadian poets like A.M. Klein, Earle Birney, [[author:Alfred Purdy|1577594], Margaret Avison, Margaret Atwood and BP Nichol. Second, at the end of the book are essays in which the poets discuss their “poetics”: their theories of poetry and their methods of working. I have had my copy for years and it has held up very well (although now I have second thoughts about the under-linings and marginal notes I added when I was much younger and reading these poets for the first time).
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