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In the Air
Essays on the Poetry of Peter Gizzi
Anthony Caleshu, ed.

Publication date: December 5, 2017



Wesleyan
2017 • 288 pp. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Poetry Criticism / Literary Criticism

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7747-4
$80.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7746-7

$21.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7748-1

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The first comprehensive exploration of the poetry of Peter Gizzi

This first critical book of essays on the poetry of Peter Gizzi shows how his work extends the traditions of nineteenth- and twentieth-century modernism while also reclaiming the living presence of the “lyric” in its capacity to sing of the human predicament. Gizzi is author of seven critically acclaimed books of poetry, including most recently Threshold Songs and Archeophonics, a finalist for the National Book Award in 2016. Lauded contributors, including Ben Lerner, Michael Snediker, Marjorie Perloff, and Charles Altieri, explore Gizzi’s poetry for its embodiment of an American tradition—extending the poetics of Whitman, Dickinson, and Stevens, amongst others—while also exhibiting a twenty-first-century sensibility, perpetuating a new grammar and syntax to capture our place in the world today. Each essayist, in turn, works through close-readings of some of the most important poems of our times, enriching our understanding of a poetry of the mind which never loses track of what it means to feel.

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Reviews / Endorsements



“Peter Gizzi is one of America’s most significant contributors to contemporary poetry. As an acclaimed poet, editor, and teacher, his work is influencing many younger writers in the US and Europe. Anyone interested in the current condition of poetry will learn from the wide variety of essays here.” —Susan Howe, The Birth Mark

“There are few poets as devoted to poetry as Peter Gizzi. He’s a reader even when he’s a writer. And he’s besotted with tradition, devoted to the openings that language can make in our world, generous with his poetry. These essays recognize and respect that devotion as they explain the importance of Gizzi’s work (so far). It is a collection that is full of loving attention, to both Gizzi’s work and to poetry’s ability to shape our world, its relationship to the politics of the moment, its possible inclusions.” —Juliana Spahr

“Peter Gizzi is one of the most distinctive and gifted poets of his generation. This collection, in its insight and capaciousness, will be definitive for decades to come. Its breadth, variety and authority will make it invaluable for all readers of contemporary poetry.” —Ben Hickman, Center for Modern Poetry



ANTHONY CALESHU is author of three collections of poetry and two books of criticism. He is professor of poetry at Plymouth University in England, and founder and editor of the small press Periplum.



Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:47:45 -0500