After New Formalism: Poets on Form, Narrative, and Tradition

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Annie Finch
Story Line Press, 1999 - Poetry - 228 pages
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In recent years, the New Formalist movement has been growing and changing quickly, as poets from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives have found in formal poetics a tool of great potential range and power. The common perception of New Formalism's methods and goals, however, has altered much more slowly. "After New Formalism" is part of an expanding conversation on the formal possibilities of contemporary poetry and on the implications of formalism for poetic history, practice, and theory. Contributors include Dana Gioia, Mark Jarman, David Mason, Marilyn Nelson, Molly Peacock, and Adrienne Rich, among others.
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"Over the years the mission and focus of this book changed to include thoughtful essays by poets engaging with formalism from outside its confines, as well as by younger poets who came to formalism with a more theoretical bent than their elders. While some of the essays here come much closer than others to my own vision of a "multiformalism" that truly encompasses the many formal poetic traditions, including experimental traditions, now native to the United States, this collection of thoughts on form by poets contains fresh insights about the implications of formalism for poetic history, practice, and theory."
Annie Finch is the author of "The Ghost of Meter: Culture and Prosody in American Free Verse" (Michigan), and the editor of "A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women "(Story Line, 1994). She teaches creative writing at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Format and Form Adricnne Rich
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Wings of a Phoenix? Rebellion and Resuscitation
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Verse That Print Bred Paul Lake
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Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Annie Finch is the author or editor of fifteen books of poetry, translation, and criticism. Her books of poetry include Eve, CALENDARS, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCOTLAND, and the forthcoming Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams. Her poems appear in anthologies, textbooks, and journals including Agni, Fulcrum, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, and Yale Review. Annie's book of poetry CALENDARS was shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award and in 2009 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award. She has performed her poetry across the U.S. and in England, France, Greece, Ireland, and Spain. Her music, art, and theater collaborations include two operas. Annie lives on the Maine coast near Portland where she directs Stonecoast, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine.

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