Who reads poetry : 50 views from Poetry magazine

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Who reads poetry? We know that poets do, but what about the rest of us? When and why do we turn to verse? Seeking the answer, Poetry magazine since 2005 has published a column called "The View From Here," which has invited readers "from outside the world of poetry" to describe what has drawn them to poetry. Over the years, the incredibly diverse set of contributors have included philosophers, journalists, musicians, and artists, as well as doctors and soldiers, an iron-worker, an anthropologist, and an economist. This collection brings together fifty compelling pieces, which are in turns surprising, provocative, touching, and funny.

In one essay, musician Neko Case calls poetry "a delicate, pretty lady with a candy exoskeleton on the outside of her crepe-paper dress." In another, anthropologist Helen Fisher turns to poetry while researching the effects of love on the brain, "As other anthropologists have studied fossils, arrowheads, or pot shards to understand human thought, I studied poetry. . . . I wasn't disappointed: everywhere poets have described the emotional fallout produced by the brain's eruptions." Even film critic Roger Ebert memorized the poetry of e. e. cummings, and the rapper Rhymefest attests here to the self-actualizing power of poems: "Words can create worlds, and I've discovered that poetry can not only be read but also lived out. My life is a poem." Music critic Alex Ross tells us that he keeps a paperback of The Palm at the End of the Mind by Wallace Stevens on his desk next to other, more utilitarian books like a German dictionary, a King James Bible, and a Macintosh troubleshooting manual.

Who Reads Poetry offers a truly unique and broad selection of perspectives and reflections, proving that poetry can be read by everyone. No matter what you're seeking, you can find it within the lines of a poem.

It is nothing like that / Richard Rapport
Better speak / Hank Willis Thomas
Out there / Lili Taylor
The madness of the gods / Helen Fisher
Love Jones / Natalie Y. Moore
All my heart for speech / Roger Ebert
They could croon / Archie Rand
One-track mind / Leopold Froehlich
The necessary fluster / Naomi Beckwith
Poetry, daily / Mary Schmich
Knowing nothing / Jia Tolentino
Four walls / Iain McGilchrist
A place for poetry / Roxane Gay
Romance and reality / Lt. Gen. William James Lennox Jr.
Haiku economics / Stephen T. Ziliak
Green I love you green / Nalini Nadkarni
The true nature / Tracey Johnstone
The idea of order / Alex Ross
Para Rumbiar / Fernando Perez
Lucid, inescapable rhythms / Nicholas Photinos
"Two loves I have..." / Alfred Molina
Written in rock candy / Momus
To hell with drawers / Will Oldham
My life is a poem / Rhymefest
Loosening the grip / Jolie Holland
Word's worth / Rob Kenner
My flaming hamster wheel of panic about publicly discussing poetry in this respected forum / Neko Case
Poetry out loud / Sally Timms
Poetry is useless / Anders Nilsen
Poetry is a dumb-ass spider / Lynda Barry
Wild unrest / Kay Redfield Jamison
The fire of life / Richard Rorty
Gloriously undone / Matt Fitzgerald
Debris / Jerry Boyle
On the road with Wallace and Wystan / Josh Warn
Everything moves to live / Xeni Jardin
Earthward / Amy Frykholm
Happy, snappy, sappy / Daniel Handler
Like, a noticeable amount of pee / Michaelanne Petrella
On poetry / Ai Weiwei
Imperfect recall / Christopher Hitchens
Dust and stones / Etienne Ndayishimiye
Imagining freedom / Mariame Kaba
Sarajevo blues / Aleksandar Hemon
Reporting poetry / Jeffrey Brown
Like soldiers marching / Rachel Cohen
Rama stores / Pankaj Mishra
To speak with many tongues at once / Omar Kholeif
How with this rage / Chris Hedges.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Sasaki and Share-art director and editor-in-chief, respectively, for Poetry magazine-have compiled 50 ways of looking at poetry from past contributions to the magazine. The contributors, many of whom aren't poets themselves, include visual artists, singer-songwriters, doctors, a cartoonist, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, a philosopher, and a former Major League Baseball player. Many address the question of what characterizes the best poetry, arriving at conclusions such as that poetry is most effective when "stretching past the limit of words" or when filling the "gap between reason and emotion." The diversity of the authors results in an exceptionally broad range of topics and perspectives. For example, actor Alfred Molina explores the similarities between poetry and the stage, music journalist Rob Kenner explores the discipline's relationship to hip-hop and rap music, and novelist Aleksandar Hemon explores how poetry can capture the reality of war. Many of the contributors also tell intimate stories about poetry's place in their personal lives. Sasaki and Share have chosen these pieces well. Misses are few and far between, and the successes offer wisdom, humor, and intellectual vigor. This is a rewarding effort and at its conclusion, readers may find themselves inspired to reach for their favorite poet's works. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Poetry (Chicago, Ill.)
Poetry -- History and criticism.
Publisher Chicago :2017
Contributors Sasaki, Fred, editor.
Share, Don, 1957- editor.
Language English
Description 215 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780226504766
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