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Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms 85 Leading Contemporary Poets Select and Comment on Their Poems

ISBN-10: 0472066331
ISBN-13: 9780472066339
Edition: 2nd
Authors: David Lehman
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Description: This unique anthology has as its focus the notion of form in contemporary poetry. No subject has attracted more vigorous discussion within the community of poets and critics in the past ten years. If we are to understand what form is and how it  More...

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List price: $23.95
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 9/25/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This unique anthology has as its focus the notion of form in contemporary poetry. No subject has attracted more vigorous discussion within the community of poets and critics in the past ten years. If we are to understand what form is and how it shapes poetic expression, we must turn to the poems themselves for clues. And if we are very lucky, we can listen to the voice of the poets who wrote them. In Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms, contemporary poets have selected one poem, commenting on the occasion of its creation and on the form the poem eventually took. Originally published in 1987 with a selection of 65 poets, this revised and expanded edition adds selections by twenty additional poets. Other revisions include an enlarged glossary of terms, and more expanded biographies of individual poets. The range of contributors is wide, and includes John Ashbery, John Cage, Rita Dove, Alice Fulton, Marilyn Hacker, Yusef Komunyakaa, James Merrill, Thylias Moss, Robert Pinsky, Charles Simic, and Richard Wilbur. Among the new contributions is Wyn Cooper's poem "Fun," which was the basis for Sheryl Crow's Grammy-award winning song "All I Wanna Do." "Eliot once argued that an important poet creates the conditions under which he will be read and appreciated. The self-reflexive, virtually autobiographical currents in Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms undoubtedly are what render it so indispensible and unprecendented." --Boston Review "There's an abundance of sonnets, double sonnets, villanelles, pantoums, sestinas, and abecedaria. . . a useful and entertaining anthology." --Washington Post Book World "[A] generous and sharp-witted anthology . . . an intriguing and unusually informative glimpse into the creative process." --Newsday

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the 1987 Edition
A. R. Ammons
John Ashbery
Frank Bidart
Eavan Boland
Donald Britton
Lucie Brock-Broido
John Cage
Maxine Chernoff
Amy Clampitt
Marc Cohen
Wyn Cooper
Alfred Corn
Douglas Crase
Robert Creeley
Tom Disch
Jim Dolot
Rita Dove
Maria Flook
Alice Fulton
Jonathan Galassi
Amy Gerstler
Dana Gioia
Debora Greger
Marilyn Hacker
Rachel Hadas
Mac Hammond
William Hathaway
Anthony Hecht
Gerrit Henry
Daryl Hine
Edward Hirsch
John Hollander
Paul Hoover
Richard Howard
Colette Inez
Phyllis Janowitz
Lawrence Joseph
Donald Justice
Richard Kenney
John Koethe
Yusef Komunyakaa
Ann Lauterbach
David Lehman
Brad Leithauser
William Logan
J. D. McClatchy
Heather McHugh
Michael Malinowitz
Harry Mathews
William Matthews
James Merrill
W. S. Merwin
Susan Mitchell
Robert Morgan
Dave Morice
Howard Moss
Thylias Moss
Harryette Mullen
Charles North
Joyce Carol Oates
Molly Peacock
Robert Pinsky
Katha Pollitt
Mary Jo Salter
Lloyd Schwartz
Charles Simic
Louis Simpson
Elizabeth Spires
Jon Stallworthy
Mark Strand
Richard Stull
James Tate
Lewis Turco
John Updike
Mona Van Duyn
Paul Violi
Rosmarie Waldrop
Rosanna Warren
Marjorie Welish
Bernard Welt
Susan Wheeler
Richard Wilbur
Charles Wright
John Yau
Stephen Yenser
A Brief Glossary of Forms and Other Terms
Further Reading
Acknowledgments

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