Poets on Poetry

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1. Cover image for 'Writing the Australian Crawl'
William Stafford
Stafford's advice to beginning poets has become a favorite text in writing programs
Format Publication year Price Status Purchasing option
Paper 1978 $19.95 Available Add Paper for "Writing the Australian Crawl" to Cart
2. Cover image for 'Walking Down the Stairs'
Selections from Interviews
Galway Kinnell
Collects Kinnell's thoughts about poetry
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Paper 1978 $19.95 Available Add Paper for "Walking Down the Stairs" to Cart
3. Cover image for 'Goatfoot Milktongue Twinbird'
Interviews, Essays, and Notes on Poetry, 1970-76
Donald Hall
Lively, pointed, often polemical essays and interviews on the nature of creativity and the function of poetry
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Paper 1978 $23.95 Available Add Paper for "Goatfoot Milktongue Twinbird" to Cart
4. Cover image for 'Trying to Explain'
Donald Davie
An analysis of the major voices in the contemporary poetic traditions of England, Ireland, and America
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Paper 1980 $19.95 Available Add Paper for "Trying to Explain" to Cart
5. Cover image for 'To Make a Prairie'
Essays on Poets, Poetry, and Country Living
Maxine Kumin
Kumin reflects on the process of writing poetry and on life in the country
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Paper 1980 $24.95 Available Add Paper for "To Make a Prairie" to Cart
6. Cover image for 'Talking All Morning'
Robert Bly
Engaging essays, interviews and poetry on solitude, politics, and the role of gender consciousness in the creative process
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Paper 1980 $22.95 Available Add Paper for "Talking All Morning" to Cart
7. Cover image for 'A Company of Poets'
Louis Simpson
Simpson's ideas about the nature of poetry and critiques of his contemporaries
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Paper 1981 $33.95 Available Add Paper for "A Company of Poets" to Cart
8. Cover image for 'Don't Ask'
Philip Levine
Interviews with the poet Philip Levine on the subject of his poetry
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Paper 1981 $20.95 Available Add Paper for "Don't Ask" to Cart
9. Cover image for 'Living Off the Country'
Essays on Poetry and Place
John Haines
Reflections on how landscape, the imagination, and the "real world" color the creative process
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Paper 1982 $26.95 Available Add Paper for "Living Off the Country" to Cart
10. Cover image for 'The Weather for Poetry'
Essays, Reviews, and Notes on Poetry, 1977-81
Donald Hall
A collection of essays on the work of contemporary poets
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Paper 1983 $21.95 Available Add Paper for "The Weather for Poetry" to Cart
11. Cover image for 'Parti-Colored Blocks for a Quilt'
Marge Piercy
Piercy writes of women and poetry and of woman becoming poet
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Paper 1983 $24.95 Available Add Paper for "Parti-Colored Blocks for a Quilt" to Cart
12. Cover image for 'Writing Like a Woman'
Alicia Ostriker
Essays on women poets and on the relationship between gender and creativity
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Paper 1983 $20.95 Available Add Paper for "Writing Like a Woman" to Cart
13. Cover image for 'Collected Prose'
James Wright
A collection of Wright's essays on the language of poetry
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Paper 1983 $31.95 Available Add Paper for "Collected Prose" to Cart
14. Cover image for 'A Ballet for the Ear'
Interviews, Essays, and Reviews
John Logan
Logan writes of contemporary poets and of his own work
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Paper 1983 $21.95 Available Add Paper for "A Ballet for the Ear" to Cart
15. Cover image for 'Effluences from the Sacred Caves'
More Selected Essays and Reviews
Hayden Carruth
Collects essays and reviews by one of America's foremost poets, essayists, and jazz aficionados
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Paper 1984 $21.95 Available Add Paper for "Effluences from the Sacred Caves" to Cart
16. Cover image for 'Collected Prose'
Robert Hayden
A collection of essays on poetry and the experiences that influenced this poet
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Paper 1984 $27.95 Available Add Paper for "Collected Prose" to Cart
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Robert Hayden
A collection of essays on poetry and the experiences that influenced this poet
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Paper 1984 $27.95 Available Add Paper for "Collected Prose" to Cart
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17. Cover image for 'No Evil Star'
Selected Essays, Interviews, and Prose
Anne Sexton
Collects the best of Anne Sexton's memoirs and prose reflections on her development as a poet
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Paper 1985 $27.95 Available Add Paper for "No Evil Star" to Cart
18. Cover image for 'The Uncertain Certainty'
Interviews, Essays, and Notes on Poetry
Charles Simic
Provides a critical and autobiographical context for viewing Simic's poetry
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Paper 1986 $20.95 Available Add Paper for "The Uncertain Certainty" to Cart
19. Cover image for 'You Must Revise Your Life'
William Stafford
Stafford reflects on the writing process and on the influences on his art
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Paper 1987 $16.95 Available Add Paper for "You Must Revise Your Life" to Cart
20. Cover image for 'A Concert of Tenses'
Essays on Poetry
Tess Gallagher
Gallagher writes of contemporary poets and of the influences on her poetry
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Paper 1987 $19.95 Available Add Paper for "A Concert of Tenses" to Cart
21. Cover image for 'Poetry and Ambition'
Essays 1982--88
Donald Hall
A compelling collection of essays on the state of contemporary poetry
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Paper 1988 $19.95 Available Add Paper for "Poetry and Ambition" to Cart
22. Cover image for 'Halflife'
Improvisations and Interviews, 1977-87
Charles Wright
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Paper 1989 $21.95 Available Add Paper for "Halflife" to Cart
23. Cover image for 'Curiosities'
William Matthews
These essays reveal the poet's fascination with the relationship between language and emotional life
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Paper 1990 $21.95 Available Add Paper for "Curiosities" to Cart
24. Cover image for 'Wonderful Words, Silent Truth'
Essays on Poetry and a Memoir
Charles Simic
Included in this collection of essays is an autobiographical sketch of the poet's early years in Yugoslavia during World War II
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Paper 1990 $20.95 Available Add Paper for "Wonderful Words, Silent Truth" to Cart
Hardcover 1990 $65.00 Available Add Hardcover for "Wonderful Words, Silent Truth" to Cart
24. Cover image for 'Wonderful Words, Silent Truth'
Essays on Poetry and a Memoir
Charles Simic
Included in this collection of essays is an autobiographical sketch of the poet's early years in Yugoslavia during World War II
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Paper 1990 $20.95 Available Add Paper for "Wonderful Words, Silent Truth" to Cart
Hardcover 1990 $65.00 Available Add Hardcover for "Wonderful Words, Silent Truth" to Cart
25. Cover image for 'Poems Are Hard to Read'
William Meredith
Gathers together a half-century of prose pieces written by this esteemed poet
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Paper 1991 $21.95 Available Add Paper for "Poems Are Hard to Read" to Cart
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Poets on Poetry collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation.

Poets on Poetry

Poets on Poetry collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation.


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Founding Editor
Donald Hall

Editor, 2021-2026
Derek Pollard
dpollard@mailfence.com

Editors, 2012-2019
Marilyn Hacker
Kazim Ali

Editors, 2006-2011
Marilyn Hacker
Annie Finch

Editor, 1994-2006
David Lehman

Series Editors

Founding Editor
Donald Hall

Editor, 2021-2026
Derek Pollard
dpollard@mailfence.com

Editors, 2012-2019
Marilyn Hacker
Kazim Ali

Editors, 2006-2011
Marilyn Hacker
Annie Finch

Editor, 1994-2006
David Lehman

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