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The Resource Good measure : essays, interviews, and notes on poetry, Robert Morgan

Good measure : essays, interviews, and notes on poetry, Robert Morgan

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Good measure : essays, interviews, and notes on poetry
Title
Good measure
Title remainder
essays, interviews, and notes on poetry
Statement of responsibility
Robert Morgan
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Robert Morgan, a native of the North Carolina mountains and a widely published poet, has been writing essays about his craft for more than twenty years. This book brings together some of his most thought-provoking pieces, reflections upon poetry from the dual perspective of poet and critic. Morgan begins by examining in succinct and challenging essays the elements of poetry and poetry writing in general, emphasizing the poet's responsibility to provide, as the title suggests, "good measure." Good measure, Morgan cautions, means neither facile spontaneity nor the sort of politicization that most often, he says, forces poets into poses of stylized enlightenment and response. Morgan goes on to discuss specific poets with a craftsman's calm authority. His reflections upon the American tradition in poetry include a tribute to William Cullen Bryant, an illuminating piece on Robinson Jeffers, and studies of the contemporary poets A.R. Ammons, Russell Edson, and Fred Chappell. His look at individual poets also includes dazzling close readings of pieces by the French poet Jean Follain. In "The Transfigured Body" and "Mica," Morgan presents excerpts from his own notebooks, meditations jotted down during the process of composing poems. These notes made in passing provide intriguing insights into the work of poetry. Finally, there are interviews with Morgan by other poets: lively discussions of southern writing, the experience of being a poet in America today, and the influence of Morgan's Appalachian background on his own vocation and career as a poet. Good Measure sparkles with honesty, keen intelligence, and most of all Morgan's conviction that a passionate striving for an unattainable perfection is its own reward. The indifference of the public, the success of the third-rate, the scorn of critical theorists for whom literary quality is irrelevant - none of these is an excuse "for not saying the truth with wit, and for not making poems that will shine long after we have ceased our worry and hope." Poets, scholars, and casual readers alike will find Good Measure a rich source of inspiration and wisdom
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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1944-
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Morgan, Robert
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Poets, American
  • Poetry
  • Poetics
  • Poets, American
  • Morgan, Robert
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Good measure : essays, interviews, and notes on poetry, Robert Morgan
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Publication
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Some sentences on the line -- Good measure -- The cubist of memory -- Poetry and revival -- Asylum of the real -- The gift of pause -- Bryant's solitary glimpse of paradise -- Robinson Jeffers : eye and fountain -- Insect, bowl, horizon -- The kingdom of childhood -- The compound vision of A.R. Ammons' early poems -- The toy-maker's closet -- Fred Chappell's Midquest -- The transfigured body : notes from a journal -- Mica : reflective bits from notebooks -- Interview by Jeff Daniel Marion -- Interview by Suzann Booker -- The rush of language : interview by William Heyen and Stanley Rubin -- Conversation with William Harmon
Control code
26722559
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
170 pages
Isbn
9780807117989
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1513747
Label
Good measure : essays, interviews, and notes on poetry, Robert Morgan
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Some sentences on the line -- Good measure -- The cubist of memory -- Poetry and revival -- Asylum of the real -- The gift of pause -- Bryant's solitary glimpse of paradise -- Robinson Jeffers : eye and fountain -- Insect, bowl, horizon -- The kingdom of childhood -- The compound vision of A.R. Ammons' early poems -- The toy-maker's closet -- Fred Chappell's Midquest -- The transfigured body : notes from a journal -- Mica : reflective bits from notebooks -- Interview by Jeff Daniel Marion -- Interview by Suzann Booker -- The rush of language : interview by William Heyen and Stanley Rubin -- Conversation with William Harmon
Control code
26722559
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
170 pages
Isbn
9780807117989
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1513747

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