Written in Water, Written in Stone: Twenty Years of Poets on Poetry

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Martin Lammon
University of Michigan Press, 1996 - 288 páginas
For twenty years, the Poets on Poetry series, under the editorship of Donald Hall, has provided readers with a variety of prose reflections, interviews, essays, and other works by America's leading contemporary poets. With Written in Water, Written in Stone, Martin Lammon celebrates the longevity and literary success of the series by gathering together exemplary selections from many of its volumes. Organized by theme ranging from language and form, politics and poetry, to the literary industry, Written in Water, Written in Stone offers a remarkable survey of the salient issues that concern contemporary poets and their readers.
Included are selections from, among others, Robert Bly, Hayden Carruth, Amy Clampitt, Robert Creeley, Tess Gallagher, Donald Hall, Robert Hayden, Galway Kinnell, Richard Kostelanetz, Maxine Kumin, Philip Levine, Marge Piercy, Anne Sexton, Charles Simic, Louis Simpson, William Stafford, Diane Wakoski, Charles Wright, and James Wright. This diverse collection of popular contemporary poets is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers.
Martin Lammon teaches creative writing at Fairmont State College. He is a poet and editor of the literary magazine Kestrel.
 

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Robert Frost and the Better Half of Poetry
13
Dull Subjects
19
Improvisations on Form and Measure
29
Some Thoughts on Disorder and Order in the Lives of Poets and the Lives of Poems
32
What Does Art Imitate and How?
39
Notes on Poetic Form
48
Sea Level
52
From an Interview with Linda Wagner
61
The New Class
168
Fame Fortune and Other Tawdry Illusions
173
Knots of Wild Energy Poets on Politics and Poetry
183
An Interview with Wayne Dodd
185
Reflections on Poetry and the Role of the Poet
195
Negative Capability and Its Children
204
From an Interview with Calvin Bedient
211
The Freak Show
219

The Pure Clear Word Poets on the Modern Tradition and New Directions
71
An Interview with Dave Smith
73
The Hole in the Bucket
83
The Necessity of the Personal
91
Reflections on Narrative Poetry
104
The Poem as Time Machine
110
On Poets and Poetry Today
121
Poetry and Ambition Poets on the Academy and Literary Industry
129
Poetry and Ambition
131
Four Pot Shots at Poetry
146
We All Hope Someone Is Listening To
149
A New Reading of Joe E Skilmers Therese
157
A Few Thoughts Following Professor Clausens Essay
224
Two Saturday Nights Rewriting a Poem
231
The End of a Golden String Poets on Influence and Identity
235
The End of a Golden String
237
The Luck of It
245
Or Fear and Loneliness on Potrero Hill
252
Motherhood and Poetry
258
An Interview with Margaret Edwards
263
Estivating 1973
271
The Function of the Poet
275
Acknowledgments
287
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