Who Reads Poetry: 50 Views from “Poetry” Magazine

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Fred Sasaki, Don Share
University of Chicago Press, 20 okt. 2017 - 240 pagina's
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Who reads poetry? We know that poets do, but what about the rest of us? When and why do we turn to verse? Seeking the answer, Poetry magazine since 2005 has published a column called “The View From Here,” which has invited readers “from outside the world of poetry” to describe what has drawn them to poetry. Over the years, the incredibly diverse set of contributors have included philosophers, journalists, musicians, and artists, as well as doctors and soldiers, an iron-worker, an anthropologist, and an economist. This collection brings together fifty compelling pieces, which are in turns surprising, provocative, touching, and funny.

In one essay, musician Neko Case calls poetry “a delicate, pretty lady with a candy exoskeleton on the outside of her crepe-paper dress.” In another, anthropologist Helen Fisher turns to poetry while researching the effects of love on the brain, “As other anthropologists have studied fossils, arrowheads, or pot shards to understand human thought, I studied poetry. . . . I wasn’t disappointed: everywhere poets have described the emotional fallout produced by the brain’s eruptions.” Even film critic Roger Ebert memorized the poetry of e. e. cummings, and the rapper Rhymefest attests here to the self-actualizing power of poems: “Words can create worlds, and I’ve discovered that poetry can not only be read but also lived out. My life is a poem.” Music critic Alex Ross tells us that he keeps a paperback of The Palm at the End of the Mind by Wallace Stevens on his desk next to other, more utilitarian books like a German dictionary, a King James Bible, and a Macintosh troubleshooting manual.

Who Reads Poetry offers a truly unique and broad selection of perspectives and reflections, proving that poetry can be read by everyone. No matter what you’re seeking, you can find it within the lines of a poem.
 

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Who Reads Poetry: 50 Views from \"Poetry\" Magazine

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Sasaki and Share—art director and editor-in-chief, respectively, for Poetry magazine—have compiled 50 ways of looking at poetry from past contributions to the magazine. The contributors, many of ... Volledige review lezen

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Introduction Don Share
1
It Is Nothing like That Richard Rapport
9
Better Speak Hank Willis Thomas
13
Out There Lili Taylor
17
The Madness of the Gods Helen Fisher
19
Love Jones Natalie Y Moore
23
All My Heart for Speech Roger Ebert
29
They Could Croon Archie Rand
33
My Flaming Hamster Wheel of Panic about Publicly Discussing Poetry in This Respected Forum Neko Case
103
Poetry Out Loud Sally Timms
107
Poetry Is Useless Anders Nilsen
111
Poetry Is a Dumb Ass Spider Lynda Barry
117
Wild Unrest Kay Redfield Jamison
121
The Fire of Life Richard Rorty
125
Gloriously Undone Matt Fitzgerald
129
Debris Jerry Boyle
133

One Track Mind Leopold Froehlich
37
The Necessary Fluster Naomi Beckwith
39
Poetry Daily Mary Schmich
41
Knowing Nothing Jia Tolentino
45
Four Walls Iain McGilchrist
51
A Place for Poetry Roxane Gay
55
Romance and Reality Lt Gen William James Lennox Jr
57
Haiku Economics Stephen T Ziliak
61
Green I Love You Green Nalini Nadkarni
65
The True Nature Tracey Johnstone
69
The Idea of Order Alex Ross
73
Para Rumbiar Fernando Perez
75
Lucid Inescapable Rhythms Nicholas Photinos
77
Two Loves I Have Alfred Molina
81
Written in Rock Candy Momus
85
To Hell with Drawers Will Oldham
89
My Life Is a Poem Rhymefest
91
Loosening the Grip Jolie Holland
95
Words Worth Rob Kenner
99
On the Road with Wallace and Wystan Josh Warn
137
Everything Moves to Live Xeni Jardin
141
Earthward Amy Frykholm
147
Happy Snappy Sappy Daniel Handler
151
Like a Noticeable Amount of Pee Michaelanne Petrella
155
On Poetry Ai Weiwei
159
Imperfect Recall Christopher Hitchens
161
Dust and Stones Etienne Ndayishimiye
167
Imagining Freedom Mariame Kaba
171
Sarajevo Blues Aleksandar Hemon
175
Reporting Poetry Jeffrey Brown
179
Like Soldiers Marching Rachel Cohen
187
Rama Stores Pankaj Mishra
189
To Speak with Many Tongues at Once Omar Kholeif
193
How with This Rage Chris Hedges
197
Acknowledgments
201
Contributors
203
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Fred Sasaki edits the "View From Here" and is art director for Poetry magazine. He is also the gallery curator for the Poetry Foundation. Don Share became editor of Poetry in 2013. He is co-editor of The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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