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A Poetry Daily Prose Feature:
"'I merely live to work.' That's James Merrill replying to David Kalstone. Merrill had been needling him about how slow a writer he was, and Kalstone, a professor of literature, defended himself: 'Some of us have to work for a living'—referring to how little time he had left over after teaching.
"Typical of Merrill to turn a cliché on its head. Typical of him to pack a serious statement into a quip. As his friend pointed out, he had no need to work: the wealth he was born to ensured that. But rather than freeing him from work, his money allowed him to devote himself to the work he wanted to do. It was a kind of work—the writing of poetry—that drew on and shaped the rest of his life, giving meaning and design, a tone and a style, to everything he did. 'Poetry made me who I am,' he commented on another occasion, slyly reversing the usual relation between maker and made."—Langdon Hammer, Foreword to James Merrill: Life and Art
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"Good art is a truing of vision... It is also a changing."
Jane Hirshfield's Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World and The Beauty: Poems reviewed by . (Christian Science Monitor)
• From The Beauty and the PD archive: "The Problem"
"Fate of the Writer: Shuttling Between Solitude and Engagement"
From the recent AWP conference in Minneapolis, essays by David Biespiel, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Lia Purpura, and Wendy Willis. (The Rumpus)
Recently Arrived Titles
These just in... Highlighted titles may be purchased from Poetry Daily / Amazon.com. A complete list of all books and journals recently received at Poetry Daily is also available.
- The Life of Images: Selected Prose, Charles Simic (Ecco)
- The State of the Art: A Chronicle of American Poetry, 1988-2014, David Lehman (University of Pittsburgh Press)
- War of the Foxes, Richard Siken (Copper Canyon Press)
- The Uses of the Body, Deborah Landau (Copper Canyon Press)
- The News, Jeffrey Brown (Copper Canyon Press)
- After I Stop Lying, Deborah Bacharach (Cherry Grove Collections)
- Two Towns, Ed Friedman (Hanging Loose Press)
- 50 Water Dreams, Siwar Masannat (Cleveland State University Poetry Center)
- Festival, Broc Rossell (Cleveland State University Poetry Center)
- Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles, Lee Upton (Cleveland State University Poetry Center)
- Lit From Below, Terence Winch (Salmon Poetry)
- This Way Out, Terence Winch (Hanging Loose Press)
- Falling Out of Bed in a Room with No Floor, Terence Winch (Hanging Loose Press)
- In the Home of the Famous Dead: Collected Poems, Jo McDougall (University of Arkansas Press)
- Service, Bruce Lack (Texas Tech University Press)
- Unknown Sky, Marc Cohen (Sheep Meadow Press)
- Simply to Know Its Name, Robert Aquinas McNally (Grayson Books)
Original articles, interviews, selections from special collections and journal issues, and more are available in the Archives.