How a poem moves : a field guide for readers of poetry /

A collection of playfully elucidating essays to help reluctant poetry readers become well-versed in verse. Developed from Adam Sol's popular blog, How a Poem Moves is a collection of 35 short essays that walks readers through an array of contemporary poems. Sol is a dynamic teacher, and in thes...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Sol, Adam, 1969- (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Toronto : ECW Press, [2019]
Table of Contents:
  • How a poem puts skin on a mystery; Philip Levine, "Making Light of It"
  • How a poem shapes memory; Deborah Digges, "Stealing Lilacs in the Cemetery"
  • How a poem articulates a feeling; C.K. Williams, "Love: Beginnings"
  • How a poem crystallizes an image; Yusef Komunyakaa, "Yellowjackets"
  • How a poem makes meaning with music; Elise Partridge, "Domestic Interior:Child Watching Mother"
  • How a poem snapshots a moment of drama; Tiphanie Yanique, "My brother comes to me"
  • How a poem seduces us with outlandishness; Diane Seuss, "Free beer"
  • How a poem cooks up dark insight; Philip Metres, "Recipe from the Abbasid"
  • How a poem pushes us away and beckons us closer; Marilyn Dumont, "How to Make Pemmican"
  • How a poem wrestles with its inheritance; Rahat Kurd, "Ghazal: In the Persian"
  • How a poem lives between languages; Natalia Toledo, trans. Clare Sullivan, "Flower that drops its petals"
  • How a poem invites us to praise; Ross Gay, "Ode to Drinking Water from My Hands"
  • How a poem answers some questions but not others; Amber McMillan, "The Light I've Seen in Your Hair I Have Found in My Own Hands"
  • How a poem clarifies its blur; Jeff Latosik, "Aubade Photoshop"
  • How a poem changes as we read; Ali Blythe, "Shattered"
  • How a poem will (not) save us; Raoul Fernandes, "Life with Tigers"
  • How a poem loves a misunderstanding; Richard Siken, "Dots Everywhere"
  • How a poem mistrusts its idols; Cassidy McFadzean, "You Be the Skipper, I'll Be the Sea"
  • How a poem doesn't dish; Damian Rogers, "Ode to a Rolling Blackout"
  • How a poem impersonates a tomato; Oliver Bendorf, "Queer Facts about Vegetables"
  • How a poem seeks new models; Shannon Maguire, "[The most visible ants are]"
  • How a poem makes itself out of unusual materials; Madhur Anand, "Especially in a Time"
  • How a poem chooses the apocalypse behind curtain #3; Jennifer L. Know, "The New Let's Make a Deal"
  • How a poem assembles a smashed record the obstacles; Donna Stonecipher, "Model City [4]"
  • How a poem tried to connect us to the neighbourhood; Bren Simmer, "[Night of nesting dolls]"
  • How a poem evokes wonder; Sarah Holland-Batt, "Botany"
  • How a poem reaches for transcendence; Eric Pankey,"Ash"
  • How a poem mourns; Don Paterson, "Mercies"
  • How a poem confronts the limitations of our empathy; Soraya Peerbaye, "Trials"
  • How a poem Tries to get into it; Rowan Ricardo Phillips, "Little Song"
  • How a poem chattily wonders about life's purpose; Ulrikka S. Gernes, "On H.C. Anderson Boulevard During Rush Hour"
  • How a poem transform a stroll into a ceremony; Joy Harjo, "Walk"
  • How a poem imperfectly reconciles complexity; Liz Howard, "A Wake"
  • How a poem Haunts; Norman Dubie, "Lines for Little Mila.