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My Poets

ISBN-10: 0374533830
ISBN-13: 9780374533830
Edition: 2013
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Description: A thrillingly original exploration of a life lived under poetry's uniquely seductive spell"Oh! there are spirits of the air," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane channels the spirits and voices that make up  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 5/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

A thrillingly original exploration of a life lived under poetry's uniquely seductive spell"Oh! there are spirits of the air," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane channels the spirits and voices that make up the music in one poet's mind. Weaving criticism and memoir, My Poets explores a life reading and a life read. McLane invokes in My Poets not necessarily the best poets, nor the most important poets (whoever these might be), but those writers who, in possessing her, made her. "I am marking here what most marked me," she writes. Ranging from Chaucer to H.D. to William Carlos Williams to Louise Gluck to Shelley (among others), McLane tracks the "growth of a poet's mind," as Wordsworth put it in The Prelude. In a poetical prose both probing and incantatory, McLane has written a radical book of experimental criticism. Susan Sontag called for an "erotics of interpretation" : this is it. Part Bildung, part dithyramb, part exegesis, My Poets extends an implicit invitation to you, dear reader, to consider who your "my poets," or "my novelists," or "my filmmakers," or "my pop stars," might be.Praise for World Enough:"McLane is one of those rare poets whose work is as absorbing as Friday night's escapist fiction yet informed by a high level of craft." - Library Journal

Maureen N. McLane’s essays on poetry and contemporary culture have appeared in theChicago Tribune,The New York Times,The Washington Post, and other major venues. She teaches at New York University.

Proem in the Form of A Q&A
My Chaucer/Kankedort
My Impasses: On Not Being Able to Read Poetry
My Elizabeth Bishop/(My Gertrude Stein)
My Wallace Stevens
My William Carlos Williams
My Marianne Moore
My H.D.
My Translated: An Abecedary
My Louise Gl�ck
My Fanny Howe
My Poets I: An Interlude in the Form of a Cento
My Emily Dickinson/My Emily Dickinson
My Shelley/(My Romantics)
My Poets II: An Envoi in the Form of a Cento
Works Consulted or Remembered and Further Reading
My Acknowledgments

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