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Best Words, Best Order Essays on Poetry

ISBN-10: 1403961476
ISBN-13: 9781403961471
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
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Description: Stephen Dobyns, a poet and teacher, has the rare ability to speak to readers about his art. In this new edition of Best Words, Best Order, Dobyns further explains the mystery of the poet's work. Through essays on memory and metaphor; pacing; the  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 5/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 398
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Stephen Dobyns, a poet and teacher, has the rare ability to speak to readers about his art. In this new edition of Best Words, Best Order, Dobyns further explains the mystery of the poet's work. Through essays on memory and metaphor; pacing; the intri-cacies of voice and tone; and thoughtful appreciations of Chekhov, Ritsos, Mandelstam, and Rilke, Dobyns guides readers and writers through poetry's mysterious twilight communiqus. For this new second edition, Dobyns has added two new essays, one dealing with the idea of beauty in poetry and another on the almost mystical way poets connect seemingly dis-parate things in a single poem. Anyone interested in the beauty and intricacy of writing and poetry will find great pleasure in this new edition of an enduring classic.

Stephen Dobyns was born on February 19, 1941, in Orange, New Jersey. He received a B.A. in 1964 from Wayne State University and an M.F.A. in 1967 from the University of Iowa. He was a reporter for the Detroit News and has taught at several colleges and universities including Sarah Lawrence College, Warren Wilson College, the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, and Boston University. He has written about ten books of poetry and twenty novels. His books of poetry include Concurring Beasts, Heat Death, Common Carnage, Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides, The Porcupine's Kisses, and Winter's Journey. He has received several awards including the Melville Cane Award for Cemetery Nights. His novels include Saratoga Haunting, The Wrestler's Cruel Study, Saratoga Fleshpot, The Church of Dead Girls, and Boy in the Water. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Eating Naked and a book of essays, Best Words, Best Order.

Preface
Deceptions
Metaphor and the Authenticating Act of Memory
Writing the Reader's Life
Notes on Free Verse
Pacing: The Ways a Poem Moves
The Function of Tone
The Voices One Listens To
The Traffic between Two Worlds
Rilke's Growth as a Poet
Mandelstam: The Poem as Event
Chekhov's Sense of Writing as Seen through His Letters
Ritsos and the Metaphysical Moment
Cemetery Nights
The Maker's Manipulation of Time
The Passerby in the Birdless Street
The Problem of Beauty and the Requirements of Art

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