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I Would Lie to You if I Could

Interviews with Ten American Poets

Chard deNiord (editor)

ISBN: 9780822965343

Publication Date: Jun 2018

Format: Paperback

Contains interviews with nine eminent contemporary American poets (Natasha Trethewey, Jane Hirshfield, Martín Espada, Stephen Kuusisto, Stephen Sandy, Ed Ochester, Carolyn Forché, Peter Everwine, and Galway Kinnell). The poets testify to the demotic nature of poetry as a charged language that speaks uniquely in original voices, yet appeals universally.
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I Would Lie To You If I Could contains interviews with nine eminent contemporary American poets (Natasha Trethewey, Jane Hirshfield, Martín Espada, Stephen Kuusisto, Stephen Sandy, Ed Ochester, Carolyn Forché, Peter Everwine, and Galway Kinnell) and James Wright's widow Anne, presents conversations with a vital cross section of poets representing a variety of ages, ethnicities, and social backgrounds.

The poets testify to the demotic nature of poetry as a charged language that speaks uniquely in original voices, yet appeals universally. As individuals with their own transpersonal stories, the poets have emerged onto the national stage from very local places with news that witnesses memorably in social, personal, and political ways. They talk about their poems and development as poets self-effacingly, honestly, and insightfully, describing just how and when they were "hurt into poetry," as well as why they have pursued writing poetry as a career in which, as Robert Frost noted in his poem "Two Tramps in Mud Time", their object has become "to unite [their] avocation and [their] vocation / As [their] two eyes make one in sight."

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Past praise for Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs

"Chard deNiord is master of the immersed conversation. Informed, curious, knowing when to contend and when to unbend, he meets each of his poets on the high ground of their art, and seduces from them their most closely held wisdom. Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs is at once a schooling and a delight." - Sven Birkerts

"I think it's Chard deNiord's intelligence and empathy as a questioner which help his subjects-some of our best-known and most-respected senior poets-seem to make discoveries about themselves before our eyes. This collection of interviews about what it is to live and think as a poet, along with lucid critical essays, make for a very useful and also very lovely book." - Daisy Fried
Pages 232
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jun 2018
Publisher University of Pittsburgh Press
Series Pitt Poetry Series
Subject/s Poetry by individual poets  
Chard deNiord is the poet laureate of Vermont and author of six books of poetry, most recently Interstate and The Double Truth. He also edited a book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Donald Hall. Maxine Kumin, Jack Gilbert, Ruth Stone, Lucille Clifton, Robert Bly) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs: Conversations and Reflections on Twentieth Century American Poets. deNiord is a professor of English and creative writing at Providence College and a trustee of the Ruth Stone Trust.

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