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The Body of Poetry collects essays, reviews, and memoir by Annie Finch, one of the brightest poet-critics of her generation. Finch's germinal work on the art of verse has earned her the admiration of a wide range of poets, from new formalists to hip-hop writers. And her ongoing commitment to women's poetry has brought Finch a substantial following as a "postmodern poetess" whose critical writing embraces the past while establishing bold new traditions. The Body of Poetry includes essays on metrical diversity, poetry and music, the place of women poets in the canon, and on poets Emily Dickinson, Phillis Wheatley, Sara Teasdale, Audre Lorde, Marilyn Hacker, and John Peck, among other topics. In Annie Finch's own words, these essays were all written with one aim: "to build a safe space for my own poetry. . . . [I]n the attempt, they will also have helped to nourish a new kind of American poetics, one that will prove increasingly open to poetry's heart." Poet, translator, and critic Annie Finch is director of the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. She is co-editor, with Kathrine Varnes, of An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art, and author of The Ghost of Meter: Culture and Prosody in American Free Verse, Eve, and Calendars. She is the winner of the eleventh annual Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award for scholars who have made a lasting contribution to the art and science of versification.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. xiii
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  1. A Horse with Two Wings
  1. A Horse with Two Wings: A Note on Criticism and Poetics
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Metrical Diversity
  2. pp. 4-11
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  1. Metrical Subversions: Prosody, Poetry, and My Affair with the Amphibrach
  2. pp. 12-16
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  1. A Carol for Carolyn
  2. p. 17
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  1. Langpo, Pomo, Newfo
  2. pp. 18-21
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  1. Omniformalism: A Manifesto
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. The Body of Poetry
  1. The Body of Poetry
  2. pp. 25-27
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  1. Liturgy
  2. p. 28
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  1. Walk with Me: On Poetry and Music
  2. pp. 29-32
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  1. Passion in Translation: Louise Lab
  2. pp. 33-37
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  1. Sonnet 18 “Kiss Me Again”
  2. p. 38
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  1. H. D., “Imagiste”?
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. Technology and Inspiration: Introduction to A Poet’s Craft
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. Poetics: A Taxonomy
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Repetition, Repetition
  2. pp. 49-51
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  1. How to Create a Poetic Tradition
  1. How to Create a Poetic Tradition
  2. pp. 53-57
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  1. Mother Dickinson
  2. pp. 58-62
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  1. Letter for Emily Dickinson
  2. p. 63
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  1. The Heart of Phillis Wheatley
  2. pp. 64-68
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  1. Unnecessary Burdens: Cooper, Gl
  2. pp. 69-76
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  1. Carolyn Kizer and the Chain of Women
  2. pp. 77-85
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  1. My Teasdale Talisman
  2. pp. 86-88
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  1. Female Tradition as Feminist Innovation
  2. pp. 89-93
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  1. Confessions of a Postmodern Poetess
  1. Coherent Decentering
  2. pp. 95-102
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  1. Desks
  2. pp. 103-111
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  1. Stein the Romantic, Mallarm
  2. pp. 112-114
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  1. Victorian Voice-Making and the Contemporary Poet
  2. pp. 115-119
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  1. Confessions of a Postmodern Poetess
  2. pp. 120-130
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  1. A Many-Sounding Sea
  1. Dactylic Meter: A Many-Sounding Sea
  2. pp. 131-134
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  1. A Rock in the River: Maxine Kumin’s Rhythmic Countercurrents
  2. pp. 135-144
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  1. The Ghost of Meter Revisited
  2. pp. 145-147
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  1. Making Shattered Faces Whole: The Metrical Code in Audre Lorde
  2. pp. 148-152
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  1. In Defense of Meter
  2. pp. 153-156
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  1. Limping Prosody
  2. pp. 157-161
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  1. Forms of Memory
  2. pp. 162-171
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  1. John Peck’s Hypnagogic Poetry
  2. pp. 172-176
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  1. Encounter
  2. p. 177
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472025589
Related ISBN
9780472068951
MARC Record
OCLC
613205564
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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