You, too, could write a poem : selected reviews and essays, 2000-2015

Published 2017
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"A collection of reviews and essays by David Orr, the New York Times poetry columnist and one of the most respected critics in America today, his best work of the past fifteen years in one place Poetry is never more vital, meaningful, or accessible than in the hands of David Orr. In the pieces collected here, most of them written originally for the New York Times, Orr is at his rigorous, conversational, and edifying best. Whether he is considering the careers of contemporary masters, such as Louise Gluckor Frederick Seidel, sizing up younger American poets, like Matthea Harvey and Matthew Zapruder, or even turning his attention to celebrities and public figures, namely Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Fry, when they choose to wade into the hotly contested waters of the poetry world, Orr is never any less than fully persuasive in arguing what makes a poem or poet great--or not."-- Provided by publisher.

ix, 384 pages ; 20 cm
Introduction, as a list of things I don't like
On Poetry
You, too, could write a poem
Bad guys
The age of citation
Vendler's Yeats
Hit parade
The style of Luis de Góngora
The happy couplet
The great(ness) game
Oprah's adventures in poetryland
Annals of poetry
Poetry and, of, and about
The school of verse
The virtues of poetry: Longenbach and Papageorgiou
Beach reading
The tunnel
The state of contemporary American poetry: an allegory
On Poets
Louise Glück's Metamorphoses
The obscurity of Michael O'Brien
Too close to touch: Thom Gunn's Selected Poems
Tomas Tranströmer and the art of translation
Rough gems: the uncollected work of Elizabeth Bishop
The letters of Ted Hughes
The dream logic of Matthea Harvey
Jack Gilbert's daily devotions
The neglected master
Public poetry: four takes
The Trouble with Poetry
James Franco, poet
How far can you press a poet?
On Robert Hass
Christopher Gilbert's improvisations
Matthew Zapruder and Rachel Wetzsteon
The raw and the cooked: Frank Stanford and Devin Johnston
The collected poems of Louis MacNeice
Versions of Zbigniew Herbert
The poetry of Nabokov
Mary Jo Bang's Elegy
Jorie Graham, superstar
The Notebooks of Robert Frost
Donald Justice
On Carl Phillips
Richard Wilbur's Anterooms
Frederick Seidel, scary guy
Marie Ponsot.
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