- Series: The Writer's Studio (Book 4)
- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Sarabande Books; 1 edition (February 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1889330914
- ISBN-13: 978-1889330914
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,914,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life 1st Edition
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Reading is a passion, an addiction, and, for poets, one-half of the writing equation. As Marvin Bell states in his contribution to this vital and illuminating collection of essays about reading by poets, "Learning to write is a simple process: read something, then write something," and indeed, there isn't a poet present who doesn't read ardently and unquenchably. Jacqueline Osherow describes reading as "anchored daydreaming." Albert Goldbarth intones, "Read everything." Maxine Kumin confesses that her "personal reading habits are hopelessly eclectic and voracious," and Adam Zagajewski describes himself as a "chaotic reader" drawn to "books of memory and ecstasy." As these quotes suggest, many of the essays are autobiographical, but Edward Hirsch, Linda Gregerson, and Stanley Plumly (the volume's evocative title is his) present brilliant works of literary criticism; Garrett Hongo offers a reading list; and Campbell McGrath conjures a metaphoric visit to the "Republic of Poetry" and the "Kingdom of Fiction." In all, 25 poets share their love for and insights into the fine art of reading in this glowing sphere of an anthology. Donna Seaman
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Planet on the Table is the fifty-fourth title to be published by Sarabande Books, a nonprofit literary press headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1994 to publish poetry and short fiction, Sarabande's mission is to disburse these works with diligence and integrity, and to serve as an educational resource to teachers and students of creative writing. Since the 1996 debut of the press, our titles have received positive review attention from nationally distinguished media including The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, American Book Review, Small Press, The Nation, and Library Journal.
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so this is what I have to say: HELP! Please explain the title to me in such a way that I can actually understand it. Otherwise, I'm stuck in an "Emperor's New Clothes" dilemma....either pretend I understand it, or ask what it means "in plain English." Stanley Plumly uses the reference on page 107, and then Mary Ruefle does so on page 56, first paragraph....maybe I'm just a simple non-English major who can't distinguish a metaphor from a simile, but I need help.