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Selected Essays and Reviews
Hayden Carruth
$18.00 paperback
978-1-55659-107-5
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Selected Essays and Reviews
Prose, essay, criticism, williams, pound, lowell, thoreau, stevens, form, chants, rhythms, popl, meter, metaphor, hugo, ignatow, mcgrath, blues, jazz
Hayden Carruth

These essays on poetry by one of the foremost poet-critics of our time reveal a lifelong dedication to social radicalism and cultural responsibility and to the profound conviction that poetry is a path to enlightenment.

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For Selected Essays and Reviews, Hayden Carruth

"This is impassioned poetry criticism of the best sort. So good, in fact, that even those without a taste for poetry (or for criticism, for that matter) will find themselves entertained and instructed."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[Carruth] is undogmatic and often courageous... These reviews, published over 30 years, remind us that his judgment is not soft and his ear does not err. He respects tradition and his readers... He makes us love what he loves, with eyes wide open."—New York Times Book Review

"Carruth approaches his subject with a fresh and unbiased objectivity... His considerable experience allows him to be sympathetic yet fair in his opinions."—Library Journal

"This selection of essays is both judicious and generous... Collectively they become a chronicle of American literary thought during the past 50 years... [It's] a collection sufficiently varied to provide any reader interested in any kind of writing with ample opportunities for engagement and enlightenment."—Brian Henry, Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A selection of some of the most compelling essays written over five decades."—Magill Book Reviews

"There is more bedrock wisdom in Hayden Carruth's Selected Essays and Reviews than I have read in a good long time... penetrating, chance-taking wisdom that transforms criticism into eloquence... The combined forces of his intellect and diction [are] breathtaking... This collection is the distillation of language from one of our finest poets writing today."—Western American Literature

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