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Interviews and Encounters with Stanley Kunitz
Edited by Stanley Moss
Categories: 20th Century, American, Memoirs
Imprint: Sheep Meadow Press
Publisher: Carcanet Press
A poet needs to keep his wilderness alive inside him.
from an interview with Kunitz
Interviews and Encounters with Stanley Kunitz will be kept close at hand by young poets as a survival kit. Others who care about poetry and the life of the imagination will read and re-read the book to clear the head. Readers will understand why Kunitz is seen by many as a paradigm of the creative artist, a model and example to whom any artist - poet, painter, or whatever - can go for aid and courage.
Introduction - Stanley Moss
A Tribute - Marie Howe
Language Suprised - David Lupher (1968)
Speaking of Craft - William Packard (1970)
Tongues of Fallen Angels - Selden Rodman (1971)
Myths and Monsters - Cynthia Davis (1972)
Imagine Wrestling with an Angel - Robert Boyers (1972)
Periodicity - Michael Ryan (1974)
The Taste of Self - Christopher Busa (1977)
Living the layers of Time - Richard Jackson (1978)
Translating Anna Akhmatova - Daniel Weissbort (1982)
The Poet in His Garden - Christopher Busa (1984)
The Buried Life - Caroline Sutton (1985)
Life between Scylla and Charybdis - Michael Ryan (1985)
To My Teacher - Louise Gluck (1985)
Lighting the Lamp - Francine Ringold (1986)
A Visit to the Poet's Studio - Susan Mitchell (1988)
Dancing on the Edge of the Road - Bill Moyers (1989)
Roots and Place - Jonathan Blunk and Fran Quinn (1989)
Transcending the Self - Grace Schulman (1990)
'I'm Not Sleepy' - Esther Harriott (1990)
Appendix: A Sampling of Poems Discussed in the Text
Praise for Stanley Moss 'Magisterial... God Breaketh Not All Men's Hearts Alike is magnificent. I've read it several times with greater and greater pleasure. Its verbal generosity and bravura, its humanity, the quality and quantity of information which it integrates into poetry of the highest order make it a continuing delight.'
Marilyn Hacker ''Death is a many-colored harlequin', asserts Stanley Moss on his 92nd birthday. Undaunted, outrageously alive, Moss in these poems flaunts more colors than the Grim Reaper ever dreamed of, laughs in his face, rhymes with abandon, makes a joyful noise unto the Lord, and struts with Baudelaire. This is a book to hold onto for dear life.'
Rosanna Warren 'Moss is the kind of poet who tries to find words that help us live, that tell us directly how to laugh down folly or take courage.'
New York Times reviews US edition of Almost Complete Poems 'Unthinkable questions [...], but when he formulates them they take on the quiet urgency of common daylight.'
John Ashbery 'It is time to celebrate the singular beauty and power of Stanley Mossâs poetryâ¦ The damp genius of mortality presides.'
Stanley Kunitz 'Again and again, coming upon a poem of Stanley Mossâs, I have had the feeling of being taken by surprise. Not simply by the eloquence or the direct authenticity of the language, for I had come to expect those in his poems. The surprise arose from the nature of his poetry itself, and from the mystery that his poems confront and embody, which makes them both intense and memorable.'
W.S. Merwin 'This is a book made of experience and high intellect. ... these poems curse and sing about the blessings and tragedies of personal life ... an important, gutsy collection.'
Yusef Komunyakaa 'I've loved Stanley's poems since I first encountered a poem of his in Poetry magazine in John Berrymanâs office when I was nineteen.'
W. S. Merwin
'Unthinkable questions, but when he formulates them they take on the quiet urgency of common daylight.'
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