Real Sofistikashun Essays on Poetry and Craft

ISBN-10: 1555974554

ISBN-13: 9781555974558

Edition: 2007

Authors: Tony Hoagland

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The anticipated first collection of essays by celebrated poet Tony Hoagland, author of "What Narcissism Means to Me""" "Meanness, the very thing that is unforgivable in human social life, in poetry is thrilling and valuable. Why? Because the willingness to be offensive sets free the ruthless observer in all of us, the spiteful perceptive angel who sees and tells, unimpeded by nicety or second thoughts. There is truth-telling, and more, in meanness." -- from " Negative Capability: How to Talk Mean and Influence People" Tony Hoagland has won The Poetry Foundation' s Mark Twain Award, recognizing a poet' s contribution to humor in American poetry, and also the Folger Shakespeare Library' s O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize, the only major award that honors a poet' s excellence in teaching. "Real Sofistikashun," from the title onward, uses Hoagland' s signature abilities to entertain and instruct as he forages through central questions about how poems behave and how they are made. In these taut, illuminating essays, Hoagland explores aspects of poetic craft-- metaphor, tone, rhetorical and compositional strategies-- with the vigorous, conversational style less of the scholar than of the serious enthusiast and practitioner. "Real Sofistikashun "is an exciting, humorous, and provocative collection of essays, as pleasurable a book as it is useful.
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 9/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

TONY HOAGLAND is the author of three poetry collections, including What Narcissism Means to Me, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Donkey Gospel, winner of the James Laughlin Award. He teaches at the University of Houston.

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Three Tenors: Pinsky, Hass, Gluck, and the Deployment of Talent
Two Roads Diverged: Character, Metaphor, and Destiny in the Poems of Matthews and Levis
Obsession: ("Are You Still Writing About Your Father?")
Sad Anthropologists: The Dialectical Use of Tone
On Disproportion
Polka Dots, Stripes, and Plaids: Decorative Instincts and Compositional Strategies in Poetry
Fragment, Juxtaposition, and Completeness: Some Notes and Preferences
Thingitude and Causality: In Praise of Materialism
Fear of Narrative and the Skittery Poem of Our Moment
Fashion Victims: The Misfortunes of Aesthetic Fate
Negative Capability: How to Talk Mean and Influence People
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