Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture

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Graywolf Press, Sep 1, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 231 pages
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In 1991, Dana Gioia's provocative essay "Can Poetry Matter?" was published in the Atlantic Monthly, and received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. In his book, Gioia more fully addressed the question: Is there a place for poetry to be part of modern American mainstream culture? Ten years later, the debate is as lively and heated as ever. Graywolf is pleased to re-issue this highly acclaimed collection in a handsome new edition, which includes a new Introduction by distinguished critic and poet, Dana Gioia.
An acclaimed poet, essayist, anthologist, BBC commentator, and critic, Dana Gioia is the author of Interrogations at Noon, a collection of poems that received the American Book Award, and Nosferatu, a libretto. He was recently nominated to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his family.
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

When it was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1991, Gioia's landmark article "Can Poetry Matter?" received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. This provocative essay collection, a contemporary classic now appearing in a special tenth-anniversary edition and featuring a new Introduction by the author, addresses more fully Gioia's key question: Is there a place for poetry in modern American mainstream culture?
"This book is destined to be a classic."—Michael J. Bugeja, Columbus Dispatch
"Gioia is an engaged, thoroughgoing, enthusiastic reader, one who infuses us with his passion for poetry. If you're an educated general reader, and you read only one book about contemporary poetry, this should be that book."—Ray Olson, Booklist

"No one, I think, has written with greater clarity or greater poignancy—or with a greater sense of urgency, either—about the 'subculture' in which the art of poetry is still confined."—Hilton Kramer, The New Criterion

"Can Poetry Matter? is an important book, and anyone who professes to care about the state of American poetry will have to take it into account."—World Literature Today

"This book is destined to be a classic."—Michael J. Bugeja, Columbus Dispatch

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User Review  - Dean Anderson - Goodreads

I enjoyed much of the book, especially the title essay and the piece on TS Eliot and Robert Bly, but I skipped many pieces about poets I don't know. Read full review

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User Review  - Ashley Cale - Goodreads

Great essays! Dana Gioia is such a talented poet and inspiring champion of literature's place in education and the arts and humanities in general; I emphatically agree that poetry does have, and, must ... Read full review

Contents

The Dilemma of the Long Poem
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Strong Counsel Robinson flm 4 3
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The Anonymity of the Regional Poet Dd Kooser
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Copyright

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An acclaimed poet, essayist, anthologist, BBC commentator, and critic, Dana Gioia is also the author of, most recently, Interrogations at Noon, a collection of poems that received the American Book Award, and Nosferatu, a libretto. He was recently nominated to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his family.

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