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The Poem is You: Sixty Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (Hardback)
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The Poem is You: Sixty Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (Hardback)

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Hardback 390 Pages / Published: 02/09/2016
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The variety of contemporary American poetry leaves many readers overwhelmed. The critic, scholar, and poet Stephen Burt sets out to help. Beginning in the early 1980s, where critical consensus ends, he presents 60 poems, each with an original essay explaining how the poem works, why it matters, and how it speaks to other parts of art and culture.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674737877
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 771 g
Dimensions: 156 x 235 x 36 mm


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The Poem Is You is a collection of knowledgeable, useful and affectionately committed short essays on sixty recent poems by sixty American poets...[Burt writes with] unselfconscious erudition, light touch, even tone.--Caleb Klaces"Poetry Review" (01/01/2017)
This is a splendid book. Many critics and poets have published essays or reviews of contemporary poetry, but Burt is doing something else here. She lavishes the poems with extraordinarily nimble, alert, luminous attention. It's hard to think of a better introduction to contemporary American poetry.--Jahan Ramazani, author of Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres
Drawing on endlessly deep wells of enthusiasm and acuity, The Poem Is You offers not so much a sequence of explanations as a series of invitations: Burt is more intent on describing how to think about a particular poem than on telling us what to think. Unpredictable yet unfailingly useful, The Poem Is You is a joyous book.--James Longenbach, author of The Virtues of Poetry

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