You are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 221 pages
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Northrop Frye wrote that for Canadian poets the question of identity isn't so much `Who am I?' as `Where is here?' In his ground-breaking collection of essays, You Are Here, James Pollock gives his answer: that where we are as a literary culture has a great deal to do with our relationship to elsewhere. For far too long, Canadians have refused to read our poetry in the larger international context of poetry as an art, leaving our poets isolated and ignored. Pollock sets out to situate our verse on the map of world poetry – a map which, like one of those incomplete globes from the sixteenth century, still leaves Canada largely uncharted.

Acutely intelligent and unflinchingly honest in its judgements, You Are Here is an eye-opening guide to the new world of Canadian poetry, sensitively exploring the work of such poets as Anne Carson, Daryl Hine, Jeffery Donaldson, Karen Solie and Eric Ormsby. The collection ends with a witty treatise on good criticism, and a passionate and learned reconsideration of poetic values, making You Are Here an essential companion for students and lovers of Canadian poetry everywhere.

 

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Contents

Preface
11
Daryl Hine Recollected
17
Cursing with a Broken Art
29
Anne Carson and the Sublime
43
The Magic ofJeffery Donaldson
59
What to Pack
77
Sympathetic Magic and the Chameleon Poet
107
Critical Mess
139
Book of Revelations
149
Still Out in Left Field
157
Choosing the Best Canadian Poetry
171
Long Time Coming
177
A SelfInterview
189
The Art of Poetry
201
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

James Pollock grew up in southwestern Ontario. He is a graduate of York University and completed his doctorate at the University of Houston where he held several fellowships in poetry. He was a John Woods Scholar in the Prague Summer Program at Charles University in the Czech Republic, and a work-study scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Middlebury, Vermont. Pollock's critical reviews and essays have appeared in journals on both sides of the border, including Contemporary Poet

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