Jorie Graham: Essays on the Poetry

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Thomas Gardner
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2005 - 305 pages
Jorie Graham is one of the most important American poets now writing. This first book-length study brings together thirteen previously published essays and review essays by many of the major critics currently interested in her work and five new essays commissioned for this volume. Commenting on each of Graham's eight poetry collections, these essays encompass the range of critical thought that her work has attracted, both surveying it broadly and engaging closely with individual poems.
These essays identify three broad concerns that run through each of her strikingly different volumes of poems: the movement of the mind in action, the role of the body in experiencing the world, and the pressures of material conditions on mind and body alike. Gardner both shows how Graham is being read at the moment and charts new areas of investigation likely to dominate thinking about her over the next decade. This collection is sure to become the crucial first step for all future work on Graham and on American poetry of the last two decades.
 

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Contents

Art and Erosion 1992
13
Review of Materialism 1994
34
The Moment of Excess 1995
42
Iconoclasm in the Poetry of Jorie Graham 1995
60
Review of The Errancy 1997
75
Jorie Grahams Big Hunger 1997
82
Strangeness of Strategy 1998
102
from Jorie Grahams Incandescence 1999
113
Review of Never 2003
170
Jorie Grahams
185
The Place of Jorie Graham
206
Jorie Graham Listening
219
Gender and Ethical Subjectivity in
238
Jorie Grahams Poems of Adolescence
257
Toward a Jorie Graham Lexicon
275
Contributors
293

Review of Swarm 2000
147
Review of Swarm 2001
156

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Thomas Gardner is professor of English at Virginia Tech and author of Discovering Ourselves in Whitman: The Contemporary American Long Poem and Regions of Unlikeness: Explaining Contemporary Poetry. He has edited three special issues of Contemporary Literature on American poetry of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

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