Hewing to Experience : Essays and Reviews on Recent American Poetry and Poetics, Nature and Culture
"Hewing to Experience"acharts Sherman Paul's course of coming to know William Carlos Williams, Hart Crane, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Gary Snyder and the critical scholarship devoted to them as it provides an assessment of recent criticism. The initial section, on criticism and poetry, sets out many of the insistences that give this valuable collection of essays and reviews its coherence. Considered are criticism, poetics, poetry and old age, ethnopoetics, the gift exchange of imagination, and the recent and controversial enterprise of canon formation.The final section ofa"Hewing to Experience"aprovides an important, meditative rereading of the work of Barry Lopez that convincingly places ecological writing within the large revisionist project of avant-garde poetry. Of particular note, too, is the full commentary on the Olson-Creeley correspondence.Throughout, Paul's humane enthusiasm is evident.a"Hewing to Experience"amerits the readership of all those who are interested in contemporary poetry and concerned with the ongoing criticism of major poets and with critical practice."
- Electronic book text | 387 pages
- 14 May 2014
- University of Iowa Press
- Iowa City, United States