American Originality: Essays on Poetry

American Originality Essays on Poetry A luminous collection of essays from one of our most original and influential poetsFive decades after her debut poetry collection Firstborn Louise Gl ck is a towering figure in American letters Writ

  • Title: American Originality: Essays on Poetry
  • Author: Louise Glück
  • ISBN: 9780374299552
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A luminous collection of essays from one of our most original and influential poetsFive decades after her debut poetry collection, Firstborn, Louise Gl ck is a towering figure in American letters Written with the same probing, analytic control that has long distinguished her poetry, American Originality is Gl ck s second book of essays her first, Proofs and Theories, wonA luminous collection of essays from one of our most original and influential poetsFive decades after her debut poetry collection, Firstborn, Louise Gl ck is a towering figure in American letters Written with the same probing, analytic control that has long distinguished her poetry, American Originality is Gl ck s second book of essays her first, Proofs and Theories, won the 1993 PEN Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction Gl ck s moving and disabusing lyricism is on full display in this decisive new collection.From its opening pages, American Originality forces readers to consider contemporary poetry and its demigods in radical, unconsoling, and ultimately very productive ways Determined to wrest ample, often contradictory meaning from our current literary discourse, Gl ck comprehends and destabilizes notions of narcissism and genius that are unique to the American literary climate This includes erudite analyses of the poets who have interested her throughout her own career, such as Rilke, Pinsky, Chiasson, and Dobyns, and introductions to the first books of poets like Dana Levin, Peter Streckfus, Spencer Reece, and Richard Siken Forceful, revealing, challenging, and instructive, American Originality is a seminal critical achievement.

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    1. Glück's essays on poems are not new as expected, but collected from old publications, chiefly The Threepenny Review. I also expected, like Matthew Zapruder's Why Poetry, these would be of interest not only to readers of poetry, but writers of poetry. Turns out, not so much.One entire section, for instance, consists of introductions Glück wrote to poetry contest winner's books in contests she served as judge. Ten of them. In a book of 20 essays. I don't know why these were less compelling to me [...]

    2. Louise Gluck remains one of the most potent minds in literature, and this collection of essays further cements that status. She pulls apart the threads that contemporary poetry is sewn with with an eye that is careful, cutting, but generous. Gluck does a wonderful job in this collection of showing that the context of poetry being written--country, culture, science, familial realities--is just as important as the content of the poem itself. One essay in particualr, "Ersatz Thought," is remarkable [...]

    3. About as dense as it gets, but Gluck's perspective on poetry and artistry are well-refined and from a seasoned expert.The book fluctuates between her personal and very intellectual views on poetry as a practice and art form, to some of her reviews of other people's poetry from when she was a judge of several competitions/awards.They are well written and include some truly fantastic poetry with useful explanations you are unlikely to see anywhere else. The only thing stopping me from giving this [...]

    4. I appreciate that Glück isn't compelled to write essays that often. She's invested in poetry and how it connects to other parts of society, giving this a streamlined, cohesive scope. I didn't necessarily need the collection of front-matter for poetry prize winners, but the other essays get in, make their point, and get out, sometimes positive, sometimes negative, often with a nice touch of acid.

    5. Louise Glück has long influenced the way I write and read poetry. This collection of essays is a complex and challenging look at the work that has influenced her and the "new poets" who have caught her attention.

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