Face to Meet the Faces An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry

ISBN-10: 1937378128
ISBN-13: 9781937378127
Edition: 2012
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Description: The literary tradition of persona, of writing poems in voices or from perspectives other than the poet's own, is ancient in origin and contemporary in practice. The embodiment of different voices is a moment of true empathy, as the author moves  More...

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Akron Press, The
Publication date: 2/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

The literary tradition of persona, of writing poems in voices or from perspectives other than the poet's own, is ancient in origin and contemporary in practice. The embodiment of different voices is a moment of true empathy, as the author moves beyond his or her own margins to fully inhabit the character, personality, and mindset of another human being. While there are a great number of poems written in persona, there are no current anthologies that collect and celebrate the diverse writers who work in this mode today. Stacey Lynn Brown and Oliver de la Paz have selected a superb collection of approximately two hundred persona poems. These poems embody characters from popular culture, history, the Bible, literature, mythology, and their diversity is reflective of the wide range of authors working in this genre. The anthology also contains brief explanatory notes written by the poets to help historicize and contextualize their characters and personae.

Stacey Lynn Brown received her MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Crab Orchard Review, Natural Bridge, The Lullwater Review, and Southern Quarterly Review. Her first collection, Cradle Song, was published by in 2009. Oliver de la Paz is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Names Above Houses and Furious Lullaby, published by Southern Illinois University Press, and Requiem for the Orchard, published by the University of Akron Press. A recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Artist Trust, he is the co-chair of the advisory board for Kundiman.org. He teaches English at Western Washington University.

Oliver de la Paz is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Names Above Houses and Furious Lullaby, published by Southern Illinois University Press. He is the co-chair of the advisory board for Kundiman. A recipient of a GAP grant from the Artist Trust of Washington and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, his work has appeared in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation and Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond, as well as in journals such as the Virginia Quarterly Review, Diode, Crab Orchard Review, Chattahoochee Review, and Hayden's Ferry Review. He teaches creative writing and literature at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

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