Poetry in a Difficult World
University of Akron Press
The essays of The Poet Resigns: Poetry in a Difficult World set out to survey not only the state of contemporary poetry, but also the poet's relationship to politics, society, and literary criticism. In addition to pursuing these topics, The Poet Resigns peers into the role of the critic and the manifesto, the nature of wit, the poetics of play, and the persistence of modernism, while providing detailed readings of poets as diverse as Harryette Mullen and Yvor Winters, George Oppen and Robert Pinsky, Pablo Neruda and C.S. Giscombe. Behind it all is a sense of poetry, not just as an academic area of study, but also as a lived experience and a way of understanding. Few books of poetry criticism show such range
”yet the core questions remain clear: what is this thing we love and call poetry, and what is its consequence in the world?
Robert Archambeau is a critic and poet whose books include Word Play Place, Laureates and Heretics, and Home & Variations. He is professor of English at Lake Forest College.