Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms

Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms

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This unique anthology has as its focus the notion of form in contemporary poetry. No subject has attracted more vigorous discussion within the community of poets and critics in the past ten years. If we are to understand what form is and how it shapes poetic expression, we must turn to the poems themselves for clues. And if we are very lucky, we can listen to the voice of the poets who wrote them. InEcstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms, contemporary poets have selected one poem, commenting on the occasion of its creation and on the form the poem eventually took. Originally published in 1987 with a selection of 65 poets, this revised and expanded edition adds selections by twenty additional poets. Other revisions include an enlarged glossary of terms, and more expanded biographies of individual poets. The range of contributors is wide, and includes John Ashbery, John Cage, Rita Dove, Alice Fulton, Marilyn Hacker, Yusef Komunyakaa, James Merrill, Thylias Moss, Robert Pinsky, Charles Simic, and Richard Wilbur. Among the new contributions is Wyn Cooper's poem qFun, q which was the basis for Sheryl Crow's Grammy-award winning song qAll I Wanna Do.qI guess Ia#39;ve always known that these poems a€” if they are bona fide poems a€” can a#39;t possibly make sense to everyone. But for those like me who grew up with indelible feelings and memories connected to baseball, there remains a shape and a tone, a timbre, to the very notion of shortstop, as there is a timbre not only to the leadoff and cleanup hitters but to the number 5 and number 7 aquot;holesaquot; as well.

Title:Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms
Author: David Lehman
Publisher:University of Michigan Press - 1996

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