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Ambition and survival : becoming a poet

Author: Christian Wiman
Publisher: Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet is a collection of stirring personal essays and critical prose on a wide range of subjects: reading Paradise Lost in Guatemala, recalling violent episodes from the poet's youth, traveling in Africa with an eccentric father, as well as a series of penetrating essays on poets, poetry, and poetry's place in our lives. The book concludes with a portrait of Wiman's diagnosis with a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wiman, Christian, 1966-
Ambition and survival.
Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)607823824
Online version:
Wiman, Christian, 1966-
Ambition and survival.
Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608334099
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Wiman
ISBN: 9781556592607 1556592604
OCLC Number: 123119532
Description: xi, 249 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: On being nowhere --
Milton in Guatemala --
Filthy lucre --
A mile from hell --
The limit --
A piece of prose --
Finishes: on ambition and survival --
An idea of order --
Fourteen fragments in lieu of a review --
Poetry in a visual culture --
In praise of rareness --
In the flux that abolishes me --
Fugitive pieces (I) --
Fugitive pieces (II) --
Notes on poetry and religion --
The druid stone: Thomas Hardy --
A new mode of damnation?: Hart Crane --
Pure honey, pure gall: Edna St. Vincent Millay --
Eight takes --
So fierce and sweet the song: George Mackay Brown --
The created and the made: Janet Lewis and the uses of convention --
Free of our humbug: Basil Bunting --
Love bade me welcome.
Responsibility: Christian Wiman.
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Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet is a collection of stirring personal essays and critical prose on a wide range of subjects: reading Paradise Lost in Guatemala, recalling violent episodes from the poet's youth, traveling in Africa with an eccentric father, as well as a series of penetrating essays on poets, poetry, and poetry's place in our lives. The book concludes with a portrait of Wiman's diagnosis with a rare cancer, and a clear-eyed declaration of what it means - for an artist and a person - to have faith in the face of death. -- BOOK JACKET.

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