Download e-book for iPad: Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr

By David Orr

ISBN-10: 0062079417

ISBN-13: 9780062079411

For many readers, modern poetry is a overseas nation. and since they've slightly visited poetry, not to mention lived there, readers fight to benefit from the paintings for what it really is, instead of what they think it to be.

In attractive & unnecessary, award-winning critic David Orr offers a riveting journey of poetry because it really exists at the present time. Orr argues that readers may still settle for the foreignness of poetry within the manner that they settle for the strangeness of anyplace to which they haven't traveled—they may still count on a bit confusion, at the very least at the start. but within the similar method that we will, through the years, learn how to have fun with the idiosyncratic delights of, for example, Belgium, we will be able to learn how to be happy with the extraordinary pleasures of poetry through taking our time and pursuing what we like.

Reading poetry, Orr indicates, is extra an issue of creating a courting than continuing systematically via a record. appealing & unnecessary presents the basis for this kind of dating through studying the issues poets and poetry readers speak about after they speak about poetry, corresponding to why poetry turns out specifically own and what it potential to write down "in form." Orr, through turns acerbic, incisive, hilarious, and prepared, is what each reader hopes for: that excellent consultant who issues the best way, doesn't speak an excessive amount of, and is helping you spot what you've gotten overlooked. Stimulating, fun, and completely engrossing, attractive & unnecessary permits us to determine how a person reader engages poetry, in order that we may possibly consider higher built to understand it in our personal way.

David Orr is the poetry columnist for the hot York occasions e-book assessment. he's the winner of the Nona Balakian prize from the nationwide ebook Critics Circle and the Editors Prize for Reviewing from Poetry journal. He lives in Ithaca, manhattan.

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This was Berkeley, the early nineties; The Movement hadn’t completely died, though threatened by tides of cappuccino foam and hair conditioner. There were still protests, of course—communist, animal rights, anti-apartheid, pro-Palestinian rallies, and rallies against the Gulf War— as before, as now. But the merchants wanted Telegraph Avenue —“the interface of town and gown”— cleaned up, however not too clean: property should be safe; customers should not feel threatened—though a certain amount of general non-standard behavior was good for business—historical, identifying, in its own way consumable.

All the colors outside, the morning air rinsed by the light, nourished the boy’s hunger to be out in the world. 48 • • Now his mother dreams of walking out in the world, she walks past her high school and sees her old friends. She sits down to eat at her mother’s kitchen table stretching out fully, blueberries stewed, topped with sour cream. The bowl is too small for so many berries, so much sour cream. The sunlight rains down, it pours into the room. She lowers her head and begins to eat like a cat.

Play it like palms on a marching drum, a rhythmic coital creak that carries clear across the open yard to call my son like a Barnum top-hat bard. He runs out in his socks, my turn my turn! They haul him up so he might bounce and stamp and lift his legs to learn how little one can weigh up there, the moment when the body peaks and hangs, becoming what the body seeks: weightlessness and weight; self launching beyond self; before the theory, fact. Yet as he flies he drops down like a leaf the earth tries to give back.

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