Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems : an Anthology

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Joy Katz, Kevin Prufer
University of Illinois Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 216 pages
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Too many amazing poems end up overlooked by the academy and excluded from the canon, remaining largely unknown to the poetry-reading public.  Joy Katz and Kevin Prufer’s Dark Horses joyfully rediscovers dozens of these poems, recognizes their power, and illuminates their significance. 

 

Seventy-five established American poets including Billy Collins, John Ashbery, Linda Bierds, Carl Phillips, C. K. Williams, Wanda Coleman, Miller Williams, and Dana Gioia have each selected one unjustly neglected poem, most never previously anthologized, and written a concise commentary to accompany it. Selections include forgotten gems by well known poets as well as poems by writers who have fallen into obscurity. Dark Horses also acts as a primer on how to creatively read a poem and a documentary of the bonds between a poem and its reader.

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User Review  - Catherine Sutthoff Slaton - Goodreads

This is one of my favorite go to books for poetry. I consider myself an intermediate poet in writing, and in understanding the craft. This book has been indispensable in furthering my writing. Even if ... Read full review

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User Review  - Therese - Goodreads

Over sixty poets provide the texts of their favorite neglected works by other poets, along with insightful commentaries. I loved the variety of poems offered and the articulate appreciations. Several of these poems are now among my own favorites. Read full review

Contents

GEORGE OPPEN Psalm
128
MAN RAY
149
wislawa szymborska Returning Birds
168
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About the author (2007)

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Joy Katz is the author of Fabulae, winner of the Crab Orchard Award in poetry. She held a Wallace Stegner fellowship in poetry, is a senior editor at Pleiades, and is a frequent contributor to Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Verse, Bomb, Fence, and Conduit. Kevin Prufer is the editor of The New Young American Poets, listed as one of the ten best poetry books of 2000 by Booklist, and of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing. He is the author of The Finger Bone, a finalist for the 2002 Laughlin Award, the new Fallen From a Chariot, and other books.

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