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The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (Art of...) Kindle Edition
The award-winning poet Carl Phillips's invaluable essays on poetry, the tenth volume in the celebrated Art of series of books on the craft of writing
In seven insightful essays, Carl Phillips meditates on the craft of poetry, its capacity for making a space for possibility and inquiry. What does it mean to give shapelessness a form? How can a poem explore both the natural world and the inner world? Phillips demonstrates the restless qualities of the imagination by reading and examining poems by Ashbery, Bogan, Frost, Niedecker, Shakespeare, and others, and by considering other art forms, such as photography and the blues. The Art of Daring is a lyrical, persuasive argument for the many ways that writing and living are acts of risk. "I think it's largely the conundrum of being human that makes us keep making," Phillips writes. "I think it has something to do with revision—how, not only is the world in constant revision, but each of us is, as well."
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00I6ZBRD0
- Publisher : Graywolf Press (5 August 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 878 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 136 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 975,295 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I can't say I really got much from this book. It's really a collection of different essays on poetry, with a couple of highly autobiographical ones which look (in a little too much detail) into the author's personal (mainly sexual) life. I actually really enjoyed his unpacking of different sections of lyric poems in a couple of the essays, but I can't find a through line between these and the author's central point of daring in creativity - not beyond him simply suggesting that it's so.
Parts of this book spoke to me, and parts really did not. Perhaps there are those for whom all the notes hit right, but that's not me. I had hoped to see how daring directly translated into writing and thinking about writing, but the daring involved here is mainly a confessional about the author's coming-out, and procession through relationships in what he even identifies as promiscuousness. This informs, or parallels, the author's writing career, but not in a way I could identify with.