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American poets since World War II. Sixth series
Conte, Joseph M. (Joseph Mark), 1960-
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Research, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 451 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
General Note:
"A Bruccoli Clark Layman book."
Format :


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PS323.5 .A5 1998 V.193 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Choice Review

The latest installment of American Poets since World War II features a diverse group of poets. Previous volumes in this series include DLB 5 (1980), 105 (1991), 120 (1992), 165, and 169 (both 1996). In his readable introduction, Conte writes optimistically about the state of poetry at the end of the 20th century, identifying four major styles ("interest groups"): New Formalists, Language Poets, poets preoccupied with "identity politics," and those who write "postconfessional lyrics." The best work of many of these poets transcends these categories. Thirteen of the 32 entries update essays published in earlier DLB volumes. Though DLB 5 contains a more detailed section on Jack Spicer, this volume offers a bibliography listing critical writings on Spicer since 1980. The essay on Barbara Guest is necessarily more substantial than her previous entry in DLB 5; she has published 13 books since then. Essays are well written, incorporating literary criticism and biography, and exploring ideas underlying a poet's work as well as writing technique and strategy. The contributors assume that readers have received an introduction to the movements and issues in 20th-century literature, and possess some vocabulary of poetic technique. M. P. Shapiro; American University