Close Calls with Nonsense Reading New Poetry

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-31
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
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Stephen Burt's Close Calls with Nonsense provokes readers into the elliptical worlds of Rae Armantrout, Paul Muldoon, C. D. Wright, and other contemporary poets whose complexities make them challenging, original, and, finally, readable. Burt's intelligence and enthusiasm introduce both tentative and longtime poetry readers to the rewards of reading new poetry.

Author Biography

STEPHEN BURT is the author of two critical books on poetry as well as two poetry collections, including Parallel Play. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Believer, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review. He teaches at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Preface: In Favor of One's Timep. ix
Close Calls with Nonsense: How to Read, and Perhaps Enjoy, Very New Poetryp. 5
Where Every Eye's a Guardp. 23
Lightsource, Aperture, Face: C. D. Wright and Photographyp. 41
Dream Sermonsp. 61
The One I Love Needs Sunblockp. 71
How I Got From Dictionary to Herep. 79
Undocumentaryp. 91
Cool among Shadows and Cellophanep. 95
Believe Your Naysayersp. 99
Envisioning Painp. 107
Here Is the Door Marked Heavenp. 117
My Name Is Henri: Contemporary Poets Discoverp. 129
I Do Not Expect You to Like Itp. 147
From the Planet Dungogp. 163
Already Knotted Inp. 175
Write Another Partyp. 183
Kinesthetic Aestheticsp. 199
Earlyp. 215
Latep. 225
Everything Must Gop. 237
Not Unlike Youp. 247
Counting the Daysp. 255
Becoming Literaturep. 267
Marvelous Devisingp. 283
Out of Glacial Timep. 295
Hi, Louise!p. 303
Raking Leaves in New Madridp. 317
They Grow Everywherep. 329
The Elliptical Poetsp. 345
Without Evidence: Remarks on Reading Contemporary Poetry and on Reading about Itp. 357
Acknowledgmentsp. 369
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