Passwords Primeval: 20 American Poets in their Own Words

Passwords Primeval: 20 American Poets in their Own Words

by Tony Leuzzi (Editor)


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Passwords Primeval sets aside the artificial boundaries of poetry "schools" and "movements" to cut to the art of the matter. Tony Leuzzi's astounding knowledge of poetry draws new insights from such luminaries as Billy Collins, Gerald Stern, Jane Hirshfield, Patricia Smith, and Martín Espada. These new interviews provide insights into the poets and their poems without compromising any of their mystery. Whether you're looking for deeper understanding of your favorite poets or are simply interested in the lives of contemporary artists, Passwords Primeval reveals the interconnectedness of these masters whose voices echo each other from opposite ends of the same canyon.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934414958
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: American Readers Series
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 665,994
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tony Leuzzi has written three books of poetry, including Radiant Losses, which won the 2010 New Sins Editors' Prize. In preparation for Passwords Primeval: 20 American Poets in Their Own Words, Leuzzi interviewed 25 American poets across a five-year span. Many of the interviews were initially published in such journals as Arts & Letters, Jacket, Sentence, American Literary Review, Kenyon Review (online), National Poetry Review, Left Curve, Great River Review, EOAGH, and The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review.

Table of Contents

Introduction Tony Leuzzi 9

Writing by Ear: An Interview Michael Waters 15

Horizontal Poetry: An Interview Gary Young 33

Singing from a Wound: An Interview Dorianne Laux 49

To Write with Dark, Eternal Ink: An Interview Gary Soto 69

Speaking Through a Second Throat: An Interview Patricia Smith 83

A Glimpse of the Beautiful: An Interview Scott Cairns 95

Open Secrets: An Interview Jane Hirshfield 111

Putting Blood Back into Words: An Interview Martín Espada 135

The Embrace of Everything: An Interview Gerald Stern 149

Poems Woven from a Sacred Thread: An Interview Nathalie Handal 169

Spontaneity and Surprise: An Interview Stephen Dobyns 183

By Way of Play and Accident: An Interview Karen Volkman 197

Poem as Gesture: An Interview Kevin Killian 209

Bat Logic: An Interview Dara Wier 225

Poetry Steeped in Intellectual Matter: An Interview Bin Ramke 239

A Poetry of Expansiveness: An Interview Mark Doty 257

Poetry in Present Tense: An Interview Billy Collins 271

Balancing Images: An Interview Carol Frost 283

Abandoning the Middle Distance: An Interview Robert Glück 297

Polysemous Poetry: An Interview Arthur Sze 313

Acknowledgments 334

Permissions 336

About the Author 338

Index of Names and Titles 339

Colophon 350

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