Close Calls with Nonsense by Stephen Burt
Reading New Poetry

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Essays and critical writings on contemporary poetry by Stephen Burt, “the finest critic of his generation” (Lucie Brock-Broido) Stephen Burt’s Close Calls with Nonsense provokes readers into the elliptical worlds of Rae Armantrout, Paul Muldoon, C. D. Wright, and other contemporary poets whose complexities make them challenging, original, and, finally, readable. Burt’s intelligence and enthusiasm introduce both tentative and longtime poetry readers to the rewards of reading new poetry. As Burt writes in the title essay: “The poets I know don’t want to be famous people half so much as they want their best poems read; I want to help you find and read them. I write here for people who want to read more new poetry but somehow never get around to it; for people who enjoy Seamus Heaney or Elizabeth Bishop and want to know what next; for people who enjoy John Ashbery or Anne Carson but aren’t sure why; and, especially, for people who read the half-column poems in glossy magazines and ask, ‘Is that all there is?’”
 

About Stephen Burt

See more books from this Author
STEPHEN BURT is the author of two critical books on poetry as well as two poetry collections, including Parallel Play. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Believer, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review. He teaches at Harvard University.
 
Published March 31, 2009 by Graywolf Press. 360 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Close Calls with Nonsense

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

He prefers a more methodical, practical approach, carefully mapping a poet's characteristic formal habits, thematic concerns and apparent affinities and influences, asking nuts-and-bolts questions like “Who was [Frank] O'Hara, and how did he learn to write like that?”Burt has an encyc...

| Read Full Review of Close Calls with Nonsense: Re...

Entertainment Weekly

A Originally posted Apr 15, 2009 Published in issue #1044-1045 Apr 24, 2009 Order article reprints

Apr 15 2009 | Read Full Review of Close Calls with Nonsense: Re...

Bookmarks Magazine

Burt’s intelligence and enthusiasm introduce both tentative and longtime poetry readers to the rewards of reading new poetry.

Apr 19 2009 | Read Full Review of Close Calls with Nonsense: Re...

Reader Rating for Close Calls with Nonsense
70%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 5 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review