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“I know of no other book like this one. It sheds light not on one woman poet or one facet of ‘women’s poetry,’ but on the many ways the poetic tradition is handed down from one writer to another. The multiplicity of voices in this book along with the wide variety of aesthetics and backgrounds of the contributors make it unique in the field. It is a significant and needed contribution."—Kevin Prufer, editor, Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing

“Much has been written by and about women poets and women’s poetry, but this is the first that addresses the topic of mentorship in a way that expands what we mean by ‘tradition.’ No other book looks at the question of how tradition moves from one generation to the next, from the younger generation’s point of view. My own poetry students have talked about the need for exactly such a book. Women Poets on Mentorship will be important to today’s (and tomorrow’s) poetry community, as well as to women’s studies.”—Alicia Ostriker, author, Writing Like a Woman and Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America

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Arielle Greenberg is an assistant professor in the poetry programs at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches in the Department of English and is assistant director of poetry programs. She is the author of two poetry collections, My Kafka Century and Given, and the editor of Youth Subcultures: Exploring Underground America. She lives with her family in Evanston, Illinois. Rachel Zucker is the author of Eating in the Underworld, The Last Clear Narrative, and The Bad Wife Handbook. She was recently the poet-in-residence at Fordham University. She lives with her family in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Iowa Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158729639X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587296390
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,848,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mary Ann Payne on March 14, 2014
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What a wide variety of mentoring styles and options this book presents! I have a much better idea of what to look for as I search for a mentor. With a little adaptation, one can use this book for any profession, not just poetry or writing. I skimmed it first and now am returning to read more about each pair. I love that it's about women -- and that poems by both the mentor and the apprentice are printed. No one copies but influences are often clear which also provides models for me when I read my favorite poems and want to write something "in the manner of..."
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What's truly unique and appealing about this book is the way it blends significant intellectual inquiry with the joys of a good dish session. One minute we're hearing about a specialized moment of poetic influence and the next we're in a smoky bar watching how a beloved poet conducts herself in front of fans and foes. In Efforts and Affections, we discover the connections between the poems, the stories behind the poems, the surroundings that are the trappings of the poems and finally, the poems themselves, which, after all that gets said, are even more tasty.
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This is a must-read for anyone interested in poetry. The essays are thoughtful and interesting, and they are followed by poems by both the younger poets and their mentors. It's great to get to see the actual work immediately after reading about it. This book is engaging pleasure reading, but could also be the basis for a whole semester of study. Fascinating and well done.
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I recommend this book to anyone interested in contemporary poetry. It offers creative writers, academics, and general readers alike rare insight and entry into what the editors call "the clamor and community of contemporary women's poetry." Efforts and Affections reveals a richly textured map of poetic influence, a wide-ranging genealogy that includes a variety of poetic schools. It's an important book for and about women writers in particular because it gives voice to a diverse group of women poets whose mentors have provided them with an alternative to the "anxiety of authorship" that has historically characterized women's writing. There really is no other book like this out there.
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This book rocks. Everyone who thinks they may like poetry should check it out. I don't usually like poetry, but these essays were truly engaging. I couldn't put it down, even when my wife tried to pry me away with a lucious slice of chocolate cake.
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