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Regions of unlikeness : explaining contemporary poetry

Author: Thomas Gardner
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Regions of Unlikeness Thomas Gardner explores the ways a number of quite different twentieth-century American poets, including Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery, Robert Hass, Jorie Graham, and Michael Palmer, frame their work as taking place within, and being brought to life by, an acknowledgment of the limits of language. Gardner approaches their poetry in light of philosopher Stanley Cavell's remarkably similar  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gardner, Thomas, 1952-
Regions of unlikeness.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)607451007
Named Person: Elizabeth Bishop; Michael Palmer; Jorie Graham; John Ashbery; Robert Hass; John Ashbery; Elizabeth Bishop; Jorie Graham; Robert Hass; Michael Palmer
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Gardner
ISBN: 0803221762 9780803221765
OCLC Number: 41002748
Description: xiv, 315 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Elizabeth Bishop's fine, torn fish-nets --
John Ashbery's new voice --
Robert Hass and the line's tension --
An interview with Robert Hass --
Jorie Graham's incandescence --
An interview with Jorie Graham --
Michael Palmer's altered words --
An interview with Michael Palmer.
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