Written in Water, Written in Stone

Twenty Years of Poets on Poetry
Martin Lammon, Editor
Celebrates the twentieth anniversary of this important and influential book series


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.

Praise / Awards

  • "This rich gathering from Michigan's Poets on Poetry series celebrates its longevity and literary success with exemplary selections from many of its volumes."
    --American Poet
  • "This is now one of the best collections of essays on the art of poetry and is also a very effective teaching tool in the classroom."
    --Bloomsbury Review

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 304pp.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 1997
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  • 978-0-472-06634-6

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