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Profile of Twentieth Century American Poetry
(1991) with Jack Myers
Seven chronologically arranged essays—each covering roughly a decade from
1908 through 1988—plus two special-focus essays on black and female poets,
an introduction by Ed Folsom, and a preface by editors Jack Myers and David
Wojahn, outline the critical, creative, aesthetic, and cultural forces at
work in the American poetry of this century. Several contributors, including
Michael Heller, Richard Jackson, and Jonathan Holden, have recently
published important book-length critical studies in their essay area; all
have published well-regarded collections of their own poetry.
(September 4, 2009
Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004
Interrogation Palace is
a career-spanning selection of work from an important American poet,
drawing upon each of David Wojahn's six previous collections and a
substantial gathering of new work. Moving fluently from personal history
to public history, and from high culture to popular culture, Wojahn's
searching and restless poetry has been considerably acclaimed, both for
the candor of its testimony and the authority of its formal invention. He
is above all an elegiac poet, tender and ferocious by turns, whether
mourning the loss of family and loved ones or the hopes and aspirations of
the baby-boomer era. Interrogation Palace confirms David Wojahn's status
as one of the most inventive, passionate, and ambitious figures of his
This collection of poetry mixes autobiography with subjects
ranging from pop music to ancient Egypt, from Stalin's reading habits to
Shackleton's ill-fated Antarctic expedition.
This collection of poems ponders love lost, estrangement,
communal breakdown, but also celebrates love, connection, and the
perishable bonds which join people to each other. The poet won the Yale
Younger Poets Prize for "Icehouse Lights".
The Falling Hour
This is Wojahn's fourth and most wide-ranging collection of
poetry. In these poems, centred around two elegies for his parents,
private and public history merge. They also treat an array of subjects
drawn from news events.
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