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1. Cover image for 'From the Valley of Making'
Essays on the Craft of Poetry
David Wojahn
An impassioned consideration of the place of poetry—and the poet—in an ever-changing world
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Essays on the Craft of Poetry
David Wojahn
An impassioned consideration of the place of poetry—and the poet—in an ever-changing world
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2. Cover image for 'The Necropastoral'
Poetry, Media, Occults
Joyelle McSweeney
An exploration of poetry as an expression of biology
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Poetry, Media, Occults
Joyelle McSweeney
An exploration of poetry as an expression of biology
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Poetry, Media, Occults
Joyelle McSweeney
An exploration of poetry as an expression of biology
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3. Cover image for 'Windows and Doors'
A Poet Reads Literary Theory
Natasha Saje
A poetry handbook rooted in theory, history, and philosophy
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A Poet Reads Literary Theory
Natasha Saje
A poetry handbook rooted in theory, history, and philosophy
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4. Cover image for 'Yes, There Will Be Singing'
Marilyn Krysl
A powerful collection of essays that ruminates on poetry’s profound spiritual and healing possibilities
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Marilyn Krysl
A powerful collection of essays that ruminates on poetry’s profound spiritual and healing possibilities

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5. Cover image for 'Show Me Your Environment'
Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems
David Baker
The sense of place and connection to it as seen through the lens of environmental conscience
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Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems
David Baker
The sense of place and connection to it as seen through the lens of a poet's conscience
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Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems
David Baker
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6. Cover image for 'Available Surfaces'
Essays on Poesis
T. R. Hummer
A series of essays on poetry, music, and "making" by renowned poet T. R. Hummer
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Essays on Poesis
T. R. Hummer
A series of essays on poetry, music, and "making" by renowned poet T. R. Hummer
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Essays on Poesis
T. R. Hummer
A series of essays on poetry, music, and "making" by renowned poet T. R. Hummer
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7. Cover image for 'The Game Changed'
Essays and Other Prose
Lawrence Joseph

Essays on poetry by the most important poet-lawyer of our era

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Essays and Other Prose
Lawrence Joseph

Essays on poetry by the most important poet-lawyer of our era

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Essays and Other Prose
Lawrence Joseph
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8. Cover image for 'Noise That Stays Noise'
Essays
Cole Swensen
Collected essays by a prominent contemporary poet
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Essays
Cole Swensen
Collected essays by a prominent contemporary poet
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Essays
Cole Swensen
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9. Cover image for 'Diary of a Poem'
Andrew Hudgins
A humorous and insightful collection of essays on poetry and its process
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Andrew Hudgins
A humorous and insightful collection of essays on poetry and its process
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10. Cover image for 'Two Minds of a Western Poet'
David Mason
Meditations on the life of poetry by an award-winning poet
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Essays by David Mason
Meditations on the life of poetry by an award-winning poet
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11. Cover image for 'Unauthorized Voices'
Essays on Poets and Poetry, 1987-2009
Marilyn Hacker

Editor of the acclaimed Poets on Poetry series collects her own essays on the subject

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Essays on Poets and Poetry, 1987-2009
Marilyn Hacker

Editor of the acclaimed Poets on Poetry series collects her own essays on the subject

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12. Cover image for 'Orange Alert'
essays on poetry, art, and the architecture of silence

An American poet takes on Eastern philosophy, Western culture, and his Muslim heritage

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essays on poetry, art, and the architecture of silence
Kazim Ali

An American poet takes on Eastern philosophy, Western culture, and his Muslim heritage

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13. Cover image for 'The Lover of a Subversive Is Also a Subversive'
Essays and Commentaries
Martín Espada
Essays from a nationally acclaimed Latino poet
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Essays and Commentaries
Martín Espada
Essays from a nationally acclaimed Latino poet
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14. Cover image for 'A Martian Muse'
Further Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry
Reginald Shepherd
National Book Critics Circle Award finalist's posthumous volume of critical essays
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Further Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry
Reginald Shepherd
National Book Critics Circle Award finalist's posthumous volume of critical essays
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15. Cover image for 'First Loves and Other Adventures'
Grace Schulman

Award-winning poet explores the exhilaration of reading

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Grace Schulman

Award-winning poet explores the exhilaration of reading

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16. Cover image for 'Poetics of Dislocation'
Meena Alexander

A prominent poet brings the experience of the world to her struggles to find her place in America, and explores what the many cultures in this country mean for poets practicing their craft

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Meena Alexander

A prominent poet brings the experience of the world to her struggles to find her place in America, and explores what the many cultures in this country mean for poets practicing their craft

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17. Cover image for 'On Burning Ground'
Thirty Years of Thinking About Poetry
Sandra M. Gilbert
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Thirty Years of Thinking About Poetry
Sandra M. Gilbert
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18. Cover image for 'Atlas'
Selected Essays, 1989-2007
Alfred Corn
A collection of essays from one of the most accomplished poets of his generation on a wide variety of subjects, from Elizabeth Bishop to Virginia Woolf and Wordsworth
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Selected Essays, 1989-2007
Alfred Corn
A collection of essays from one of the most accomplished poets of his generation on a wide variety of subjects, from Elizabeth Bishop to Virginia Woolf and Wordsworth
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19. Cover image for 'Orpheus in the Bronx'
Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry
Reginald Shepherd
Essays by the distinguished contemporary poet and writer Reginald Shepherd explore among other subjects personal history, the meaning of beauty, and gay poets
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Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry
Reginald Shepherd
Essays by the distinguished contemporary poet and writer Reginald Shepherd explore among other subjects personal history, the meaning of beauty, and gay poets
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Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry
Reginald Shepherd
Essays by the distinguished contemporary poet and writer Reginald Shepherd explore among other subjects personal history, the meaning of beauty, and gay poets
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20. Cover image for 'Ed Dorn Live'
Lectures, Interviews, and Outtakes
Edward Dorn
Collects the commentary of the later years and last days of one of America's most powerful and unique poets
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21. Cover image for 'Power and Possibility'
Essays, Reviews, and Interviews
Elizabeth Alexander
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22. Cover image for 'The Failure of Poetry, The Promise of Language'
Laura (Riding) Jackson
Brings together four decades of largely unpublished work by  Jackson, exploring the rationale for her renunciation of poetry in 1941 after two decades as a poet
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Essays on Art and Poetry
John Yau
Insightful essays on art and poetry by the acclaimed writer, critic, and curator
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24. Cover image for 'Memory Piano'
Charles Simic
An eclectic array of essays, reviews, and memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic
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Charles Simic
An eclectic array of essays, reviews, and memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic
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25. Cover image for 'Selected Prose'
John Ashbery
Fifty years of writing on literature, film, and art by one of the most influential poets and critics of our time
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John Ashbery
Fifty years of writing on literature, film, and art by one of the most influential poets and critics of our time
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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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Marilyn Hacker
Kazim Ali

Founding Editor
Donald Hall

Editors, 2006-2011
Marilyn Hacker
Annie Finch

Editor, 1994-2006
David Lehman

Series Editors

Marilyn Hacker
Kazim Ali

Founding Editor
Donald Hall

Editors, 2006-2011
Marilyn Hacker
Annie Finch

Editor, 1994-2006
David Lehman


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