Make Us Wave Back

Make Us Wave Back

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a€œMichael Colliera€™s book is refreshing in its refusal to push for one particular aesthetic. He regards his own preference for realism over abstraction as more a matter of temperament than of considered judgment, and respects poets more skeptical than he is about the ability of poetry to connect with the world. The result is an engaging record of his influences and enthusiasms, which are wide enough to include both Whitman and Larkin, both Jorge Borges and William Maxwell.a€ a€”Carl Dennis, Pulitzer Prizea€“winning author ofUnknown FriendsandPractical Gods a€œMichael Collier combines pietas and wildness in these essays on poetry as inheritance, and poetry as struggle. One feels the young man in his a€˜rampage of literature, a€™ and the older writer reflecting on an art that is at once personal and impersonal, deeply matured in the imagination. This is a wise and well-lived book.a€ a€”Rosanna Warren, author ofDepartureandStained Glass a€œThe essays and remembrances inMake Us Wave Backradiate Michael Colliera€™s characteristic insight and sagacity on every page. Clear-minded, ardent, brightly illuminating the art of poetry, this is as lucid as writing about writing gets.a€ a€”Campbell McGrath, author ofPax AtomicaandFlorida Poems National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Michael Collier explores the influences that have made him one of the most distinguished poets of his generation.Make Us Wave Backincludes essays on an expansive list of subjects, among them the literary correspondence of William Maxwell; the meaning of the authora€™s own role as poet laureate of the state of Maryland; the journals of Louise Bogan and how they reveal Bogana€™s struggle with her own personal fears as well as the reconstruction of herself as a writer; and many more. Michael Collier is Professor of English and Codirector of the creative writing program at the University of Maryland. He is also director of the Bread Loaf Writersa€™ Conference. He is the author of several books of poems, includingThe Clasp and Other Poems, The Folded Heart, andThe Ledge.These essays outline part of my attempt to make such a place in the world of writing. They also acknowledge the luck, fortune, and grace that mysteriously preside over the process that has brought me closer to the thing I most wanted to anbsp;...

Title:Make Us Wave Back
Author:Michael Collier
Publisher:University of Michigan Press - 2007


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