Acts of Mind: Conversations with Contemporary Poets

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Selected Bibliography

This listing includes the major books of poetry written by each of the poets interviewed (disregarding chapbooks) and, for the reader who wishes to explore further the concerns of the interviews, a short selection of critical books or major essays about the poets. As yet, no books or major essays have been written about several poets, especially the younger ones. For them, the reader should refer to reviews in various journals, which are indexed in Contemporary Poets ( New York: St. Martins's Press); Contemporary Authors ( Detroit: Gale Research Co.); the excellent bibliographies in PMLA, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Journal of Modern Literature, and An Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities; and the book-length bibliographies that have been published for several of the poets included here. The reader should also be aware of American Poets since World War II, 2 vols. ( Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1980), edited by Donald Grenier, which includes excellent introductory essays on more than half of the poets interviewed and for which a second part is planned to include poets not covered in the first two volumes. The reader may also consult Kirby Congdon Contemporary Poets in American Anthologies, 1960-1977 (Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1978), and the two standard bibliographies of contemporary poetry, Charles Altieri Modern Poetry ( Arlington Heights, Ill.: AHM, Goldentree, 1979) and Karl Malkoff's Crowell's Handbook of Contemporary American Poetry ( New York: Crowell, 1973). In addition, informative essays on several of the poets interviewed appear in Charles Altieri, Enlarging the Temple: New Directions in American Poetry of the Sixties (Cranberry, N.J.: Bucknell University Press, 1979); Robert Boyers, ed., Contemporary Poetry in America: Essays and Interviews ( New York: Schocken Books, 1974); Richard Howard, Alone with America, 2d enlarged ed. ( New York: Atheneum, 1980); Lawrence Lieberman , Unassigned Frequencies: American Poetry in Review ( Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977); Helen Vendler, Part of Nature, Part of Us ( Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980). Finally, Alberta Turner 50 Contemporary Poets: The Creative Process ( New York: David McKay Co., 1977), contains essays by several of the poets on their own poems.

A. R. AMMONS, b. 1926, Whiteville, North Carolina; teaches at Cornell University. POETRY: Ommateum, with Doxology ( Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1955); Expressions of Sea Level ( Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1964); Corsons Inlet ( Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1965); Tape for the Turn of the Year ( Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1965); Northfield Poems ( Ithaca: Comell University Press, 1966); Selected Poems ( Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1968); Uplands ( New York: Norton, 1970); Briefings: Poems Small and Easy ( New York: Norton, 1971); Collected Poems, 1951-1971 ( New York: Norton, 1972); Sphere: The Form of a Motion ( New York: Norton, 1974); Diversifications ( New York: Norton, 1975); The Snow Poems ( New York: Norton, 1977); The SelectedPoems, 1951-1977

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • The Path of Saying 1
  • The Sanctioned Babel 7
  • Untelling the Hour 13
  • The Domain of the Marvelous Prey 19
  • The Hallowing of the Everyday 27
  • Event: Corrective: Cure 32
  • Stepping into the Sky 39
  • Unnaming the Myths 48
  • On the Horizon of Time 53
  • Distilled from Thin Air 61
  • The Imminence of a Revelation 69
  • Renaming the Present 77
  • Lives We Keep Wanting to Know 84
  • Doubling the Difference 93
  • Questions of Will 101
  • Settling in Another Field 107
  • Living the Layers of Time 113
  • Double Vision 120
  • Emergencies of the Moment 126
  • The Languages of Illusion 132
  • The Mystery of Things That Are 140
  • Before the Beginning 146
  • On the Margins of Dreams 153
  • Unbreakable Codes 158
  • Projecting the Literal Word 164
  • Answering the Dark 172
  • Shaping Our Choices 178
  • Magic: Power 183
  • On the Periphery of Time 191
  • The Candle in the Pitcher 196
  • Selected Bibliography 206
  • Index 213
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