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A New Theory for American Poetry

Democracy, the Environment, and the Future of Imagination

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$31.00 • £26.95 • €28.95

ISBN 9780674019881

Publication Date: 03/15/2006


336 pages

5-1/8 x 7-15/16 inches


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  • Introduction
  • 1. Clare’s Horizon
  • 2. The Argument of Form
  • 3. Description
  • 4. Ashbery’s Clare
  • 5. Diurnal Knowledge
  • 6. The Whitman Phrase
  • 7. The Environment-Poem
  • 8. Waves and the Troping of Poetic Form
  • 9. Middle Voice
  • 10. Ashbery and the Becoming of the Poem
  • 11. Meditating Chaos and Complexity
  • 12. The Long Amazing and Unprecedented Way
  • 13. Coherence
  • 14. Precious Idiosyncrasy: An Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2005 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin, Truman Capote Estate and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa

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