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By Maureen N. McLane

A thrillingly unique exploration of a existence lived less than poetry's uniquely seductive spell

"Oh! there are spirits of the air," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. during this stunningly unique publication, Maureen N. McLane channels the spirits and voices that make up the song in a single poet's brain. Weaving feedback and memoir, My Poets explores a existence examining and a lifestyles learn. McLane invokes no longer unavoidably the simplest poets, nor crucial poets (whoever those may perhaps be), yet these writers who, in owning her, made her. "I am marking right here what such a lot marked me," she writes. starting from Chaucer to H.D. to William Carlos Williams to Louise Glück to Shelley (among others), McLane tracks the "growth of a poet's mind," as Wordsworth placed it in The Prelude. In poetical prose either probing and incantatory, McLane has written an intensive ebook of experimental feedback. Susan Sontag known as for an "erotics of interpretation": this is often it. half Bildung, half dithyramb, half exegesis, My Poets extends an implicit invitation to you, expensive reader, to think about who your "my poets," or "my novelists," or "my filmmakers," or "my pop stars," may perhaps be.

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Fifty four Have we no longer darken’d and dazed ourselves with books lengthy sufficient? fifty five O we will be able to wait not, / We too take send O soul—56 My soul is an enchanted boat57 and i'm little wanting loss of life. fifty eight Why linger, why flip again, why slash, my middle? fifty nine may still we have now stayed at domestic and regarded the following? 60 The spangled sea less than desires me to fall. sixty one How bizarre the Girl’s lifestyles seems to be in the back of this smooth Eclipse! sixty two God provides us Women63 among mountains, woods, abysses, / A paradise of wildernesses! sixty four If intercourse have been all,65 My identify is Fred Seidel66 And the operating blackberry could embellish the parlors of heaven. sixty seven chilly darkish deep and completely clear,68 My mind’s now not correct. sixty nine O the brain, brain has mountains. 70 Psychology and is the reason every thing / explains not anything / and we're nonetheless doubtful. seventy one The Pansy at my toes / Doth an identical story repeat:72 i'm an indicated different. seventy three place is the place you / placed it, the place it is,74 the place the dry blood talks the place the previous urge for food walks75 I observed the 1st pear / because it fell. seventy six It has no Future—but itself. seventy seven yet there's fruit / and thou hast palms. seventy eight A pious desire to whiteness long past over79 Makes my mind blind—80 I sing the physique electric,81 the darker, exact rose of sex82 till the entire box is a / white wish. eighty three eco-friendly i like you eco-friendly (verde te quiero verde)84 and i'm greener than grass …85 So enable me be thy choir. 86 simply as you're feeling should you glance at the river and sky, so I felt. 87 Oh! there are Spirits of the Air! 88 cling all of it, Robert Browning,89 The poet is a radio. The poet is a liar. The poet is a counterpunching radio. ninety he's callèd through thy name91 And what i guess you shall think. ninety two O you who having a look in the replicate detect in gratitude how universal, how lawful your / desire,93 you recognize that i'm You, and also you are chuffed approximately it! ninety four the town is available, and also you / are a citizen—What’s / your file? ninety five is that this then a marginally? quivering me to a brand new identity—96 I’m Czar—I’m “Woman” now. ninety seven you're after all by no means your self. ninety eight in fact, it really is unusual to inhabit the earth no longer99 with rocks, and stones, and bushes. a hundred unusual to now not hope one’s wishes. one hundred and one The face of each one / That passes through me is a secret. 102 the long run is a pale song,103 tune of the bleeding throat. 104 I heard phrases / and phrases complete / of holes / aching. a hundred and five are you able to make it out / virtually a hiss / An outdated shellac LP of white noise—106 O tremendous Rondure, swimming in space107 Fled is that music:—Do I wake or sleep? 108 NOTES 12. My Poets I: An Interlude within the kind of a Cento 1. Anne Carson, “The Glass Essay. ” 2. Campbell McGrath, “The Bob wish Poem. ” three. Louise Glück, “Against Sincerity. ” four. William Blake, the wedding of Heaven and Hell. five. Hannah Arendt, The Human situation. 6. Alice Notley, “Experience. ” 7. Denise Levertov, “The Wings. ” eight. Glück, “The crimson Poppy. ” nine. Carson, “The Glass Essay. ” 10. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Dejection: An Ode. ” eleven. nameless, “Sir Patrick Spens. ” 12. Elizabeth Bishop, “At the Fishhouses.

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