9781885266682

After New Formalism : Poets on Form, Narrative, and Tradition

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    9781885266682

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    1885266685

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-05-01
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
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Summary

In recent years, the New Formalist movement has been growing and changing quickly, as poets from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives have found in formal poetics a tool of great potential range and power. The common perception of New Formalism's methods and goals, however, has altered much more slowly. After New Formalism is part of an expanding conversation on the formal possibilities of contemporary poetry and on the implications of formalism for poetic history, practice, and theory. Contributors include Dana Gioia, Mark Jarman, David Mason, Marilyn Nelson, Molly Peacock, and Adrienne Rich, among others. From the Introduction "Over the years the mission and focus of this book changed to include thoughtful essays by poets engaging with formalism from outside its confines, as well as by younger poets who came to formalism with a more theoretical bent than their elders. While some of the essays here come much closer than others to my own vision of a "multiformalism" that truly encompasses the many formal poetic traditions, including experimental traditions, now native to the United States, this collection of thoughts on form by poets contains fresh insights about the implications of formalism for poetic history, practice, and theory." Annie Finch is the author of The Ghost of Meter: Culture and Prosody in American Free Verse (Michigan), and the editor of A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women (Story Line, 1994). She teaches creative writing at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Annie Finch
Traditions
Format and Form
1(7)
Adrienne Rich
Owning the Masters
8(10)
Marilyn Nelson
Wings of a Phoenix? Rebellion and Resuscitation in Postmodern American Poetry
18(7)
Daniel Hoffman
Verse That Print Bred
25(6)
Paul Lake
The Poet in an Age of Prose
31(11)
Dana Gioia
Aspects of Robinson
42(6)
Mark Jarman
Toward an Alternative Formalist Tradition: The Other Harlem Renaissance
48(15)
Carol E. Miller
Poetics
Blues in Black and White
63(7)
Carolyn Beard Whitlow
From Gilded Cage to Rib Cage
70(9)
Molly Peacock
The New Formalism and the Revival of the Love Lyric
79(10)
Robert McPhillips
Boundless Wealth from a Finite Store: Meter and Grammar
89(18)
Timothy Steele
Other Voices, Other Lives
107(10)
David Mason
Metrical Diversity: A Defense of the Non-Iambic Meters
117(6)
Annie Finch
The Ghazal in America: May I?
123(10)
Agha Shahid Ali
Calliope Music: Notes on the Sestina
133(14)
James Cummins
Directions
Why We Need a New, Rhythm-Centered Theory of Poetry
147(11)
Amittai Aviram
Feminist Formalist: A Critical Oxymoron?
158(8)
Kathrine Varnes
Expansive Poetry and Postmodernism
166(13)
Kevin Walzer
Psychoanalysis and Poetry
179(9)
Frederick Feirstein
Playing Tennis in Asbestos Gloves: Women, Formalism and Subjectivity in the 1980s
188(11)
Allison Cummings
The Inner Meaning of Poetic Form
199(5)
Frederick Turner
An Idea of Order
204(13)
Christian Wiman
The Trouble With a Word Like Formalism
217(8)
Anne Stevenson
Contributors 225

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