Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the by Reginald Shepherd

By Reginald Shepherd

"Orpheus within the Bronx not just extols the liberty language provides us; it embodies that freedom, enacting poetry's maximum gift---the energy to acknowledge ourselves as anything except what we're. those bracing arguments have been written through a poet who sings."

---James Longenbach

A hugely acute author, student, editor, and critic, Reginald Shepherd brings to his paintings the sensibilities of a classicist and a latest theorist, an heir of the yank excessive modernist canon, and a poet drawing and taking part in on pop culture, whereas concurrently venturing into formal experimentation.

In the essays accumulated the following, Shepherd deals probing meditations unified by way of a "resolute security of poetry's autonomy, and a party of the liberatory and utopian percentages such autonomy offers." one of the items integrated are an eloquent autobiographical essay taking off within the frankest phrases the vicissitudes of a Bronx ghetto youth; the break out provided by means of books and "gifted" prestige preserved via maternal choice; early loss and the similar of exile; and the formation of the writer's vocation. With an analogous frankness that he brings to autobiography, Shepherd additionally units out his purposes for rejecting "identity politics" in poetry as an pointless trammeling of literary mind's eye. His research of the "urban pastoral," from Baudelaire via Eliot, Crane, and Gwendolyn Brooks, to Shepherd's personal paintings, offers a clean view of where of city panorama in American poetry.

Throughout his essays---as in his poetry---Shepherd juxtaposes unabashed lyricism, historic know-how, and in-your-face contemporaneity, bristling with intelligence.

A quantity within the Poets on Poetry sequence, which collects serious works through modern poets, collecting jointly the articles, interviews, and publication studies through which they've got articulated the poetics of a brand new generation.

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Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry (Poets On Poetry)

"Orpheus within the Bronx not just extols the liberty language provides us; it embodies that freedom, enacting poetry's maximum gift---the energy to acknowledge ourselves as whatever except what we're. those bracing arguments have been written via a poet who sings. "---James LongenbachA hugely acute author, pupil, editor, and critic, Reginald Shepherd brings to his paintings the sensibilities of a classicist and a modern theorist, an heir of the yank excessive modernist canon, and a poet drawing and enjoying on pop culture, whereas concurrently venturing into formal experimentation.

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