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Good measure : essays, interviews, and notes on poetry

Author: Robert Morgan
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: Robert Morgan; Robert Morgan; Robert Morgan
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Morgan
ISBN: 0807117986 9780807117989
OCLC Number: 26722559
Description: 170 pages ; 24 cm
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.
Responsibility: Robert Morgan.

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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.

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