Even though most of the contents of the book are now over a quarter century old, I found it quite worthwhile. Rare for a writer on poetry and poets, he avoids being ponderous.
The biggest highlight was the namesake essay, in which current struggles for the form are laid out, and propositions for its resurrection are mapped. There are three more interesting if in some cases occasionally frustrating essays: Again, most were well worth reading, and two of them introduced me to poets I want to sample Kooser and Justice.
Finally, there are eight short one- to three-page reviews of specific books of American poetry. As ofhe sees some positive developments and reasons for hope in the American poetry world. Not only this, for a reviewer who relies so heavily on the "perfect" line, use of form, emotional moment etc.
This book is 25 years old this year. I find myself in total agreement with the author more often than not, so this was particularly enjoyable. This is the second edition, fromwith a retrospective introduction by Gioia looking back on that "Atlantic Monthly" essay.
It prompted more mail than any article the "Atlantic" had published in decades, some of it hate mail from university writing programs.
It was first published in I subscribed to "Atlantic Monthly" back inbut the brouhaha that Gioia created never registered with me. And in the process the integrity of the art has been betrayed.
But first, the essay the collection gets its name from and one of four essays that make the book worth reading: The majority of the rest of this book is made up of reviews of "under-appreciated" poets read poets ignored or derided by the nasty, nasty academy.
Then there are essays of moderate length about the following American poets: If you decide to read this book, go for those essays and avoid the rest.
His prose is lucid and for the most part lively, although it is a tad wordy and the relative sameness of voice and style, when encountered in a collection of essays, is a trifle wearying. Paperback Verified Purchase The title essay generated a furore when "Atlantic Monthly" published it in There is also a passable one on Wallace Stevens.
May 13, Ryan rated it really liked it An odd mishmash of essays, critiques, and historical analyses, Can Poetry Matter has helped assuage some of my own struggles with the form. I find myself in total agreement with the author more often than not, so this was partic An odd mishmash of essays, critiques, and historical analyses, Can Poetry Matter has helped assuage some of my own struggles with the form.
He seems to have perspective. The gist of the essay was that American poetry had been taken over by the academy, and that it was increasingly austere and sterile and its audience increasingly insular and stuffy.CAN POETRY MATTER?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture User Review - Kirkus.
As a nonacademic poet and critic (for years he was a business executive), Gioia is rightfully appalled at the capture of poetry by the English departments of the land, and at how, in this enervating 4/5(1).
Can Poetry Matter? Essays on Poetry and American Culture was first published by Graywolf inand was a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. The 10th anniversary edition includes a new introduction by Dana Gioia.
When Dana Gioia’s essay “Can Poetry Matter?” appeared in the Atlantic init sparked a firestorm of debate.
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