After Confession Poetry as Autobiography

ISBN-10: 1555973558

ISBN-13: 9781555973551

Edition: 2001

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In an age of memoir, the distinction between fiction and nonfiction has become increasingly blurred, sparking controversy among writers and readers alike. But what about the autobiographical impulse in poetry? In this groundbreaking collection, some of our best contemporary poets contemplate the legacy of the confessional poets such as Plath, Sexton, and Lowell. They also tackle such fiery topics as the nature of authorial responsibility in telling the truth, the focus on issues of self in relation to others and to the natural world, the very essence of craft as transformation, and the role female poets have played in breaking the code of silence. Rich in opinion and theory, After Confession offers the first thorough discussion on the lyric "I"--the boundaries between literal and emotional truth, memory and imagination, person and persona, narcissism and revelation. Contributors: Joan Aleshire Frank Bidart Kimberly Blaeser Joseph Bruchac Marilyn Chin Billy Collins Stephen Dunn Annie Finch Carol Frost Brendan Galvin Pamela Gemin Louise Glück David Graham Kimiko Hahn Judith Harris Andrew Hudgins Colette Inez Yusef Komunyakaa Ted Kooser Sydney Lea William Matthews Thylias Moss Carol Muske-Dukes Sharon Olds Alicia Ostriker Stanley Plumly Claudia Rankine Adrienne Rich Kate Sontag Alan Williamson
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 9/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Take the I Out
Introduction: Containing Multitudes
Staying News: Critical and Historical Perspectives
Personal and Impersonal
Staying News: A Defense of the Lyric
Making a Case; or, "Where Are You Coming From?"
Stories about the Self (I and II)
The Self within the Circle
My Grandfather's Tackle Box: The Limitations of Memory-Driven Poetry
Our Better Halves: Autobiographical Musings
Voluminous Underwear; or, Why I Write Self-Portraits
Autobiography and Archetype
Family Talk: Confessional Poet? Not Me
My Better Half
Borges and I
The First Person in the Twenty-First Century
Coherent Decentering: Toward a New Model of the Poetic Self
The Autobiographical "I": An Archive of Metaphor, Imagery, and Innuendo
Degrees of Fidelity: Ethical and Aesthetic Considerations
Mother, May I?: Writing with Love
Lying for the Sake of Making Poems
Degrees of Fidelity
The Glass Anvil: "The Lies of an Autobiographer"
The Contemporary Poet and the Natural World
Blunt Instrument: A Zuihitsu
Codes of Silence: Women and Autobiography
Bless Me, Sisters
The Forbidden
Breaking the Code of Silence: Ideology and Women's Confessional Poetry
The Voices We Carry
Women and Poetry: Some Notes
Translating Self: Stealing from Wang Wei, Kowtowing to Hughes, Hooking Up with Keats, Undone by Donne
Beyond Confession: The Poetics of Postmodern Witness
In Those Years
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