By Reginald Shepherd

"Orpheus within the Bronx not just extols the liberty language presents us; it embodies that freedom, enacting poetry's maximum gift---the energy to acknowledge ourselves as whatever except what we're. those bracing arguments have been written via a poet who sings."
---James Longenbach

A hugely acute author, pupil, editor, and critic, Reginald Shepherd brings to his paintings the sensibilities of a classicist and a latest theorist, an heir of the yankee excessive modernist canon, and a poet drawing and taking part in on pop culture, whereas concurrently venturing into formal experimentation.

In the essays amassed right here, Shepherd bargains probing meditations unified by means of a "resolute security of poetry's autonomy, and a party of the liberatory and utopian chances such autonomy offers." one of the items integrated are an eloquent autobiographical essay commencing within the frankest phrases the vicissitudes of a Bronx ghetto formative years; the break out provided by means of books and "gifted" prestige preserved by way of maternal decision; early loss and the an identical of exile; and the formation of the writer's vocation. With an identical frankness that he brings to autobiography, Shepherd additionally units out his purposes for rejecting "identity politics" in poetry as an pointless trammeling of literary mind's eye. His examine of the "urban pastoral," from Baudelaire via Eliot, Crane, and Gwendolyn Brooks, to Shepherd's personal paintings, presents a clean view of where of city panorama in American poetry.

Throughout his essays---as in his poetry---Shepherd juxtaposes unabashed lyricism, ancient wisdom, and in-your-face contemporaneity, bristling with intelligence.

A quantity within the Poets on Poetry sequence, which collects serious works through modern poets, accumulating jointly the articles, interviews, and e-book reports through which they've got articulated the poetics of a brand new generation.

Show description

Read or Download Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry (Poets on Poetry) PDF

Similar African American books

The Word in Black and White: Reading "Race" in American Literature, 1638-1867

Dana Nelson offers a learn of the ways that Anglo-American authors developed "race" of their works from the time of the 1st British colonists in the course of the interval of the Civil conflict. She makes a speciality of a few 11 texts, starting from widely-known to little-considered, that care for the relatives between local, African, and Anglo-Americans, and areas her readings within the old, social, and fabric contexts of an evolving U.

Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance: The Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African-American, and Caribbean Drama

This unique paintings redefines and broadens our knowing of the drama of the English-speaking African diaspora. taking a look heavily on the paintings of Amiri Baraka, Nobel prize-winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, and Ntozake Shange, the writer contends that the refashioning of the collective cultural self in black drama originates from the advanced intersection of 3 discourses: Eurocentric, Afrocentric, and Post-Afrocentric.

A Historical Guide to Langston Hughes (Historical Guides to American Authors)

Langston Hughes has been an notion to generations of readers and writers looking a passionate, clever, and socially in charge paintings. during this quantity, Steven C. Tracy has accumulated a huge diversity of critics to supply an interdisciplinary method of the $64000 historic and cultural parts mirrored within the number of genres within which Hughes labored.

Slave Narratives after Slavery

The pre-Civil battle autobiographies of recognized fugitives equivalent to Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, and Harriet Jacobs shape the bedrock of the African American narrative culture. After emancipation arrived in 1865, former slaves endured to write down approximately their adventure of enslavement and their upward fight to achieve the promise of freedom and citizenship.

Extra resources for Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry (Poets on Poetry)

Show sample text content

Download E-books Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry (Poets on Poetry) PDF
Rated 4.89 of 5 – based on 11 votes