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"David Starkey and Paul Willis's idea of putting together a collection of poems responding to the works of Shakespeare is inspired. No book could better measure the impact of Shakespeare's vital connection with our contemporary world of poetry. This is the ultimate tribute, that he lives in the words and images of Peter Cooley, Jim Applewhite, Susan Terris, Jeanne Murray Walker, and so many more. Shakespeare has no biological descendants today. These are his children now."--David Bevington, Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, University of Chicago

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David Starkey teaches at Santa Barbara City College and in the MFA program at Antioch University-Los Angeles. He is the author of Poetry Writing: Theme and Variations and several collections of poems, most recently David Starkey's Greatest Hits, and coeditor of In Praise of Pedagogy and other collections. He is also a playwright whose work has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Paul Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he teaches Shakespeare and creative writing. He is the author of the ecofantasy novels No Clock in the Forest and Stolen River and three chapbooks of poems. His work has appeared in Poetry, Wilderness, The Best American Poetry 1996, The Best Spiritual Writing 1999, and The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004.
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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Iowa Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877459401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877459408
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Willis grew up climbing in the Oregon Cascades, and a mythic version of these mountains became the soul of his first novel, No Clock in the Forest (1991). A revised version of this novel, together with three sequels, has now appeared as a single eco-fantasy, The Alpine Tales (2010).

He first drafted No Clock in the Forest while pursuing his graduate degrees in English at Washington State University. He is now a professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he teaches British Renaissance literature and creative writing.

During his years of teaching he has apprenticed himself to poetry, and now has three full-length collections: Visiting Home (2008), Rosing from the Dead (2009), and Say This Prayer into the Past (2013). His poems have been featured on Verse Daily and on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, and he served as poet laureate of Santa Barbara from 2011-13. With his friend David Starkey he edited an anthology of American poems in response to the work of William Shakespeare, In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (2005).

Creative nonfiction is also an occasional pleasure. His debut in this genre, Bright Shoots of Everlastingness: Essays on Faith and the American Wild (2005), was chosen by ForeWord magazine as the best essay collection of the year from an independent press.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Kirk on November 6, 2009
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I am in this book, so I will say that right up front!! I used to be an actor, doing lots of Shakespeare, so my poems in the book speak from the point of view of several characters.

But there are lots and lots of poems in this book that respond to Shakespeare in a marvelous variety of ways. At this terrific price, under $5, I would snap this book up--for fun, for love of Shakespeare, for love of poetry! OR buy lots of copies and share it with a creative writing class, a theatre class, or a Shakespeare class, using the poems as examples and having students write their own poems in response to Shakespeare plays they read or see.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Minori on February 17, 2011
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I bought this for an honors project I had to do for my Shakespeare elective class (I'm a senior in high school) on Othello. I found it very useful and have since lent it to my classmates to use for their Honors projects. It has poems from many, many of Shakespeare's plays as well as his sonnets. It is true, there are some plays that have more than others. However, not every one of Shakespeare's plays is in here. The poems mainly address: The Sonnets, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, King Lear, Othello and Hamlet. There are also a couple poems about Shakespeare himself in between the Parts of the book that divide the poems and sonnets by their categories (Sonnets, Comedies, Tragedies, Hamlet, and Romances).I would reccommend this to anyone who enjoys Shakespeare, Poetry, or Poetry about Shakespeare! Students and Teachers especially, there's alot one can do with these poems so for students it's great for a project and teachers, it's great because for a lesson, you could have your students pick out a poem and try to disect it. It's really fantastic and I would reccommend it.
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