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  • "Fallen from the Symboled World"by Wyatt Prunty

    Oxford University Press 1990; US$ 124.99

    This study evaluates figure and form in contemporary poetry, especially the powers of simile and simile-like structures. Examining the works of Nemerov, Wilbur, Bowers, Hecht, Justice, Cunningham, Bishop, Van Duyn, Hollander, Pack, Kennedy, Ammons, Creeley, and Wright, Prunty argues that doubts about language, the tradition, and theistic assumptions... more...

  • A Historical Guide to Walt Whitmanby David S. Reynolds

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 46.99

    Few authors are so well suited to historical study as Whitman, who is widely considered America's greatest poet. This Guide combines contemporary cultural studies and historical scholarship to illuminate Whitman's diverse contexts. The essays explore dimensions of Whitman's dynamic relationship to working-class politics, race and slavery, sexual... more...

  • How Poets See the Worldby Willard Spiegelman

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 87.99

    This book looks closely at a handful of contemporary poets (John Ashbery, Amy Clampitt, Jorie Graham, Charles Tomlinson, and Charles Wright) and, less extensively, at some others, with an eye to explaining the art of description in poetry. How do poets see the world? What are they looking for? How do they transcribe their vision and make poems out... more...

  • A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreauby William E. Cain

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 64.99

    As an essayist, philosopher, ex-pencil manufacturer, notorious hermit, tax protester, and all-around original thinker, Thoreau led so singular a life that he is in some ways a perfect candidate for the historical and biographical treatments made possible by the Historical Guides to American Authors series format. William E. Cain, the volume editor,... more...

  • Questions of Possibilityby David Caplan

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 52.99

    Questions of Possibility examines the particular forms that contemporary American poets favor and those they neglect. The poets' choices reveal both their ambitions and their limitations, the new possibilities they discover and the traditions they find unimaginable. The poetic forms discussed include the sestina, ghazal, love sonnet, ballad, and... more...

  • Poets On Placeby W. T. Pfefferle

    Utah State University Press 2005; US$ 15.95

    Out to see America and satisfy his travel bug, W. T. Pfefferle resigned from his position as director of the writing program at Johns Hopkins University and hit the road to interview sixty-two poets about the significance of place in their work. The lively conversations that resulted may surprise with the potential meanings of a seemingly simple... more...

  • A Companion to Walt Whitmanby Donald D. Kummings

    Wiley 2008; US$ 263.95 US$ 237.56

    Comprising more than 30 substantial essays written by leading scholars, this companion constitutes an exceptionally broad-ranging and in-depth guide to one of America’s greatest poets. Makes the best and most up-to-date thinking on Whitman available to students Designed to make readers more aware of the social and cultural contexts of Whitman’s... more...

  • FOF Companion to 20th C. American Poetryby Randale Huff

    Infobase Publishing 2007; US$ 65.00

    The Facts On File Companion to American Poetry is a new and indispensable encyclopedic guide to American poetry with more than 1,200 entries, ranging in length from 500 to 1,500 words. Intended for high school and college students, this invaluable resource explores the various writers, works, themes, and movements of this intriguing literary genre. more...

  • Borealisby Jeff Humphries; Betsy Bowen

    University of Minnesota Press 2002; US$ 20.00

    Woodcuts by Betsy BowenBorealis is the North Country as spoken through the voice of Jeff Humphries, who discovers unexpected riches in the wilderness looming around his cabin. As interpreted by renowned illustrator Betsy Bowen, the subjects of the poems come to inhabit the pages of this volume; her spare and beautifully composed woodcuts reveal surprising... more...

  • Sweet Machineby Mark Doty

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 6.99

    Mark Doty's last two award-winning collections of poetry, as well as his acclaimed memoir Heaven's Coast, used the devastation of AIDS as a lens through which to consider questions of loss, love and identity. The poems in his new collection, Sweet Machine, see the world from a new, hard-won perspective: A coming back to life, after so much death,... more...