My Business is Circumference: Poets on Influence and Mastery
Paul Dry Books, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 294 pages
Twenty-eight distinguished contemporary American poets provide a multifaceted view of the creative process. Each poet has contributed a poem and chosen several poems by other poets that have influenced it. In an essay, each poet then describes how those influences have led to a sense of poetic mastery.
"Anyone interested in how language calls to language, and heart to heart, will find these pages irresistible." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
"In this quirky, resonant, and necessary book, generously edited by Stephen Berg, a wide range of American poets at all stages of their writing lives offer their poems and choose their precursors, meditating with great humility and insight on the dual mysteries of influence and mastery, on the reading that fosters writing, on the shimmering nobility of poetry itself." --Edward Hirsch, Author of How to Read a Poem
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Berg, coeditor of the landmark 1960s anthology Naked Poetry and founder of the American Poetry Review, asked an assortment of poets to present a poem of their own along with several poems that had ... Read full review