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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
New York : Harper & Row, c1990
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|Notes:||Essays originally written over the past thirty years.
|Description:||viii, 341 p. ; 22 cm.|
|Contents:||Pt.1. Looking for dragon smoke: The roads of association ; A wrong turning in American poetry ; Voyages of the body and soul ; Looking for dragon smoke ; Poetry and the three brains --
pt. 2. The bread of this world : twelve contemporary poets: James Wright and the mysterious woman ; David Ignatow and the dark city ; Hearing Etheridge Knight ; Denise Levertov : with eyes at the back of our heads ; Thoughts on W. S. Merwin ; In praise of Thomas McGrath ; Robert Lowell's bankruptcy ; Louis Simpson and the face of the unknown ; James Dickey : imaginative power and imaginative collapse ; Galway Kinnell : the hero and the old farmer ; Donald Hall : doing what you want to do ; The mastery of John Logan --
pt. 3. Educating the rider and the horse: Form in society and in the poem ; The dead world and the live world ; Intense states of consciousness ; Leaping up into political poetry ; Where have all the critics gone? ; The wheel of intelligence ; What the image can do ; A playful look at form ; Educating the rider and the horse --
Epilogue: Knots of wild energy--
an interview with Wayne Dodd.