Selections from the work of twenty-three modern poets, from Emily Dickinson and Gerard Manley Hopkins to Gary Snyder and Leroi Jones, including translations of poems by five European poets.
About the Author
Kenneth Koch has published many volumes of poetry, including New Addresses, Straits and One Train. He was awarded the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 1995, in 1996 he received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry awarded by the Library of Congress, and he received the first Phi Beta Kappa Poetry award in November of 2001. His short plays, many of them produced off- and off-off-Broadway, are collected in The Gold Standard: A Book of Plays. He has also written several books about poetry, including Wishes, Lies, and Dreams; Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?; and, most recently, Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry. He taught undergraduates at Columbia University for many years. He died in 2002.
Kate Farrell, a poet and teacher at Columbia University, also compiled Talking to the Sun with Kenneth Koch, Art & Love: An Illustrated Anthology of Love Poetry (Bulfinch, 1990), Art & Nature: An Illustrated Anthology of Nature Poetry (Bulfinch, 1992), and Art & Wonder: An Illustrated Anthology of Visionary Poetry (Bulfinch, 1996).
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“Conversational ease, technical expertise and inspiring enthusiasm make the book a marvel.” —Newsweek
“When two fine poets get together and produce a work on the criticism and appreciation of modern poetry the result is more than likely to be first-rate. And so it is with Sleeping on the Wing.” —Independent Press Telegram
“Sensible introductory material, short readable essays on the poets, and stimulating suggestions for writing complement the selections beautifully. Aside from being a useful classroom text, this would make a first rate introduction for those who wish to explore poetry on their own.” —The Library Journal
“A significant contribution to both the criticism and appreciation of modern poetry. . . . This innovative book make poetry interesting and accessible even to uninitiated readers and shows them how to write poetry themselves.” —The Chapel Hill Newspaper
“In an age when most poetry criticism reads like the fine print on your federal tax form, Kenneth Koch and Kate Farrell have put together a clear and highly accessible introductory anthology. . . . Koch and Farrell demystify poetry and provide the reader with a number of ways to approach it. . . . Anyone with an interest in contemporary writing should know this book.” —Indianapolis Star