By Robert Pack, Jay Parini
Fifty-nine of America's most sensible poets decide on their favourite verse by way of one other author and discover its impression on their lonesome writing. Edited through Robert Pack and Jay Parini.
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The Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Short Stories, edited by Robert Pack and Jay Parini, 1987. The Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Essays, edited by Robert Pack and Jay Parini, 1989. Writers on Writing, edited by Robert Pack and Jay Parini, 1991. Poems for a Small Planet: Contemporary American Nature Poetry, edited by Robert Pack and Jay Parini, 1993. American Identities: Contemporary Multicultural Voices, edited by Robert Pack and Jay Parini, 1994. Touchstones: American Poets on a Favorite Poem, edited by Robert Pack and Jay parini, 1995.
And reading Theodore Roethke's "The Waking,'' we put ourselves in a hypnotic iambic state, our breaths and heartbeats doing exactly what the poem tells them to do, "I wake to sleep and take my waking slow. " Maybe part of the reason I consider this form so hard to master is that the masters whose villanelles exemplify the form used it in its high church style, and what my ear wants is something more informal, more conversational, more in the style of the mother's nag than of the high priest shaking his fist from his sad height.
Chosen people purg'd from sinful guilt With pretious bloud, which cruelly was spilt On cursed tree, of that vnspotted lam, That for the sinnes of all the world was kilt. (I, x, 57) The cleansing here takes place in an agonizing purification of spirit, which necessarily precedes the approach to vision by the saved and by the visionary. By the time Redcrosse approaches the mountain, there is no need to go in and clean up the grounds, ejecting undesirables, as there is on Mount Acidale. Explicit preparation for Calidore's vision on Mount Acidale (VI, x) begins with Calidore throwing over duty.
Touchstones: American Poets on a Favorite Poem (Bread Loaf Anthology) by Robert Pack, Jay Parini