A Field guide to contemporary poetry and poetics

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Stuart Friebert, David Walker, David Young
Oberlin College Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 342 pages
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An anthology of essays by a scintillating company of poets, exploring the terrain of contemporary poetics, the writing process, and the necessity of poetry in the modern world.

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The Process of Writing
Inviting the Muse
Poetic Process?

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About the author (1997)

STUART FRIEBERT has published 11 books of poems in English and German; he is widely known as the co-editor of Oberlin College Press: Field; and other collections. He has taught at Oberlin College since 1961, and directs the Oberlin Writing Program. He has also won a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.

David Walker was born in or near Wilmington, North Carolina, the son of a slave father and a free black mother (thus, under the laws of slavery, he was born free). the year of his birth is uncertain, although the most convincing recent research contends that it was 1796 or 1797. By his own account in the "Appeal," Walker left Wilmington as a young man and wandered around the United States, residing for an unspecified period in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1825, he turned up as a used-clothes dealer in Boston, where he would spend the rest of his abbreviated life. He died suddenly in 1830.
Sean Wilentz is the Cotsen Fellow and professor of history at Princeton University. His books include "Chants Democratic" and, with Paul E. Johnson, "The Kingdom of Matthias,"

DAVID YOUNG journeys from his front porch halfway across the globe and back to his Ohio home in the circuit marked by Foraging. His emphasis is on our mortality and survival; ghosts and mushrooms (hence the title) are central poetic images; wild mushrooms of an odd beauty--variegated, unpredictable, delicious, poisonous, hallucinogenic--taking their life from decay, recyclers of matter, rather as poets are. He sees nature as a haunted house, and as a presence whose meaning fascinates and eludes us. Some of his poems are spoken by ghosts, others addressed to ghosts--for example, the elegy for James Wright, which invites his spirit to return to his native Ohio.

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