Okay, poetry readers, or those who have always aspired to be, or those who ''feel'' it but can't seem to ''get'' it, or those who haven't felt they had the time, or anyone who aspires to a more fully human existence -- heed this book! Dana Gioia is concerned with the practice, uses and need for poetry in the current American cultural climate. Why do we feel we don't have time or use for poetry and the poetic vision in our society? He provides rock-hewn examples of just how poetry opens up aspects of our existence that otherwise are in danger of silent erasure from our consciences and souls.
An Eighth Day View:
In 1991, Dana Gioia's provocative essay "Can Poetry Matter?" was published in the "Atlantic Monthly," and received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. In his book, Gioia more fully addressed the question: Is there a place for poetry to be part of modern American mainstream culture? Ten years later, the debate is as lively and heated as ever. Graywolf is pleased to re-issue this highly acclaimed collection in a handsome new edition, which includes a new Introduction by distinguished critic and poet, Dana Gioia.