After Confession: Poetry as Autobiography
In an age of memoir, the distinction between fiction and nonfiction has become increasingly blurred, sparking controversy among writers and readers alike. But what about the autobiographical impulse in poetry? In this groundbreaking collection, some of our best contemporary poets contemplate the legacy of the confessional poets such as Plath, Sexton, and Lowell. They also tackle such fiery topics as the nature of authorial responsibility in telling the truth, the focus on issues of self in relation to others and to the natural world, the very essence of craft as transformation, and the role female poets have played in breaking the code of silence.
Rich in opinion and theory, After Confession offers the first thorough discussion on the lyric "I"--the boundaries between literal and emotional truth, memory and imagination, person and persona, narcissism and revelation.
Contributors: Joan Aleshire Frank Bidart Kimberly Blaeser Joseph Bruchac Marilyn Chin Billy Collins Stephen Dunn Annie Finch Carol Frost Brendan Galvin Pamela Gemin Louise Glück David Graham Kimiko Hahn Judith Harris Andrew Hudgins Colette Inez Yusef Komunyakaa Ted Kooser Sydney Lea William Matthews Thylias Moss Carol Muske-Dukes Sharon Olds Alicia Ostriker Stanley Plumly Claudia Rankine Adrienne Rich Kate Sontag Alan Williamson
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Well , of course no one believes this . And I confess I only half - believe it myself .
No one believed it when John Berryman claimed not to be Henry , either , but I
did ; or , at least , I half - believed it . It is that very ambiguity that has often felt like
... the stillness of it fixed by time ; this , we are to believe , is a privilege . But not to
recognize the instability inherent in any assertion of the first person is to believe
that the gated community of the text is a place suitable only for fantasy worlds .
I believe this caricature is as strong today as in the past , and it ' s worth noting ,
apropos of it , that the high - school sitcom always portrays the student scientist
as a nerd , too , so , at least in that respect , the popular media do couple science
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The autobiographical impulse in English and American poetry is here explored in two poems and 28 essays by a range of contemporary poets. Each weighs in on a different area of the discussion, but all ... Leer comentario completo
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