This Art (Paperback)

Poems about Poetry (Copper Canyon Press Anthology)

By Michael Wiegers (Editor)

Copper Canyon Press, 9781556591846, 165pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2003

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The centuries have changed little in this art,
The subjects are still the same.--Kenneth Rexroth

Why poetry? What is poetry and why do people write it and read it? Why, as Dana Levin has written, "this urge to making a scrapbook of stars"?

Every poet, by accident or design, has responded to "Why poetry" by writing a poem about poetry (an ars poetica). Whether these poems focus on the personal, political, or philosophical, each recognizes that our world is more complicated than a direct statement.

As Marvin Bell has written, "Writing is all and everything." This anthology of poems about the art and life of poetry--which draws widely from Copper Canyon's 30-year backlist of poetry books--proves him right.

Poets write out of love and longing:

Lord, let me live / long enough to dare /a love poem --Cyrus Cassells

Poets confront suffering:

since we will always have a suffering world, we must also always have a song.--David Budbill

And poets write in order to live fully:

We all stumble into ourselves /like this, fitting our fingers to the shape of letters, / while the page gallops out of our reach--Rebecca Seiferle

Only poetry lasts.--Ho Xuan Huong

Michael Wiegers is the Managing Editor at Copper Canyon Press.

CONTRIBUTORS Included: box]
Kay Boyle,
Olga Broumas,
Hayden Carruth,
Norman Dubie,
Han Shan,
Jim Harrison,
Carolyn Kizer,
W.S. Merwin,
Jane Miller,
Kenneth Rexroth,
Ruth Stone,
Anna Swir