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A Poetry Daily Prose Feature:
"Because poetry operates on allusion and symbol, it is frighteningly open-ended. Ambiguity can impel readers to search for what seems concrete, stable, familiar. Reading literally soothes our anxiety about getting it 'wrong'—a worry I've heard a generation of students express—since we take no risk by repeating only what is on the page.
"Thus Elizabeth Bishop's 'One Art' is about Alzheimer's disease because it describes losing 'names' and a 'you' in addition to keys; her poem 'The Fish' is a rousing tall tale of unlikely angling; W. H. Auden's 'Musée des Beaux Art' concerns animal rights and husbandry, since its one 'innocent' equine belongs to a torturer and 'scratches its ... behind on a tree.' Except that this mode of reading is not in fact saying only what is 'there'; it is more a tendency to make up a story over here while the poem itself languishes idly over there, waiting to be engaged."—Susannah Mintz, 'Is there a basement in this poem?' On Making Story of Verse
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Recently Arrived Titles
These just in... Highlighted titles may be purchased from Poetry Daily / Amazon.com. A complete list of all books and journals recently received at Poetry Daily is also available.
- Trying Again to Stop Time: Selected Poems, Jalal Barzanji (University of Alberta Press)
- From Elsewhere, Ciaran Carson (Wake Forest University Press)
- Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land, Robert Crawford (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Sentenced to Life, Clive James (Picador Poetry)
- The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy, Christopher Citro (Steel Toe Books)
- Ghost River, Trevino L. Brings Plenty (Backwaters Press)
- What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford, Frank Stanford (Copper Canyon Press)
- Anyone, Nate Klug (University of Chicago Press)
- This Version of Earth, Soraya Shalforoosh (Barrow Street Press)
- Last Psalm at Sea Level, Meg Day (Barrow Street Press)
- Alone and Not Alone, Ron Padgett (Coffee House Press)
- Null Set, Ted Mathys (Coffee House Press)
- The Rival, Sara Wallace (University of Utah Press)
Original articles, interviews, selections from special collections and journal issues, and more are available in the Archives.