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Interview with a ghost : essays

Author: Tom Sleigh
Publisher: Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Interview with a Ghost, celebrated poet Tom Sleigh investigates poetry from his conviction that "while art and life are separable, they aren't separate." With passion and erudition, these essays explore issues of selfhood that are often assumed but not adequately confronted by contemporary poetry--namely, what it means to employ the first person in a poem, the elusive "I" with all of its freighted aesthetic and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sleigh, Tom.
Interview with a ghost.
Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)607826526
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Sleigh
ISBN: 1555974406 9781555974404
OCLC Number: 65431615
Notes: " ... these essays explore issues of selfhood that are often assumed but not adequately confronted by contemporary poetry--namely, subjectivity and its limits, what it means to employ the first person in a poem ..."--Page 4 of cover.
Description: 285 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Interview with a ghost (G) --
incurables --
Education of the poet --
Syringe dreams : on "in the park" --
Spacey rooms : a note on translating "lamentation on Ur" --
To the star demons --
Proteus as poet --
Self as self-impersonation in American poetry --
Space composition in two poems by Robert Lowell --
"Some measure of insanity" --
Eleven scenarios for the avant-garde in the new millennium --
Against the text "poetry makes nothing happen" --
Too much of the air : Tomas Transtromer --
Raleigh's ride --
Frank Bidart's voice --
Hers truly : a note on Elizabeth Bishops' letters --
At the end of our good day : Randall Jarrell --
To go nowhere : Derek Walcott --
In rough waters : Seamus Heaney's : government of the tongue --
Visitations and seductions : Thom Gunn --
Exit interview with myself as a ghost.
Responsibility: Tom Sleigh.

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"In Interview with a Ghost, celebrated poet Tom Sleigh investigates poetry from his conviction that "while art and life are separable, they aren't separate." With passion and erudition, these essays explore issues of selfhood that are often assumed but not adequately confronted by contemporary poetry--namely, what it means to employ the first person in a poem, the elusive "I" with all of its freighted aesthetic and psychological implications. The works of poets including Anne Bradstreet, Sir Walter Raleigh, Robert Lowell, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, and Frank Bidart are examined, as are Sleigh's own poems and translations in the contexts of his own history and sickness. Sleigh has constructed a book textured by an intriguing array of multiple forms. One essay imagines the poet preparing and delivering a lecture on his life and art, followed by an imagined reception full of jokes and asides; another essay veers into a contemporary myth involving Odysseus's son Telemachus; another becomes a wild extended parable about the avant-garde; the title piece, in the form of an interview, interrogates the poetic soul, after the body has passed on. In a style that suits the subject of the multiplicity of the self, Interview with a Ghost defines a new idiom for critical discourse."--Publisher's website.

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