Giving Their Word: Conversations with Contemporary Poets

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NOTES
1
From “Clearances” by Seamus Heaney, in The Haw Lantern (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1987), 27.
2
From “Crab-Boil” by Rita Dove, in Grace Notes (New York: Norton, 1989), 13.
3
From “Bess” by William Stafford, in Stories That Could Be True—New and Collected Poems (New York: Harper and Row, 1977), 152.
4
From Poems and a Memoir by Seamus Heaney, selected and illustrated by Henry Pearson (New York: Limited Editions Club, 1982), vxii.
5
Ibid., xviii.
6
From an interview with Pablo Neruda conducted by Robert Bly, in The Sullivan Slough Review, no. 1 (1969): 63.
7
From “Responsibilities of the Poet” by Robert Pinsky, in Poetry and the World (New York: Ecco, 1988), 85.
8
From “Warning, Witness, Presence” by Eavan Boland, in Poets and Writers, 28, no. 6 (2000): 53.
9
Ibid., p. 52.
10
Ibid.
11
From the essay “Poetry and the Primitive, ” in Earth House Hold (New York: New Directions, 1969), 118.
12
From “Standing by Words” by Wendell Berry, in Standing by Words (San Francisco: North Point, 1983), 62.

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Preface ix
  • Giving Their Word *
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 9
  • 1 - —Opening the Moment 11
  • 2 - —A Solitary Walk 39
  • 3 - —Poetry and the Common Work 65
  • 4 - —The Toy of Language 75
  • 5 - —The Words Worth Saying 95
  • 6 - —The Work That Makes a Home 109
  • 7 - —New Life in the Barn 129
  • 8 - —The Poetry of Witness 147
  • 9 - —Poetry and the Burden of History 169
  • 10 - —The Communal Voice 183
  • 11 - —A Chorus of Voices 199
  • 12 - —Reclaiming the Word 221
  • 13 - —Without and Within 237
  • Selected Sources 267
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