Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems,

Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments Magnificent collection to read and read and read, and to discover over and over, Elizabeth Bishop is essential, this collection is an album of images and a book of her art, a time passed, and which still remains National Poetry Month NPM has become such an institution that Parnassian Top 10 lists now appear each April This month was dubbed the coolest when NPM celebrated its inauguration in 1996, with sponsoring institution the Academy of American Poets handing out thousands of copies of T.S Eliot s THE WASTE LAND at post offices and libraries across the country In its day, Eliot s poem attracted much controversy, but generating the most argument this year was EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE JUKEBOX, a c National Poetry Month NPM has become such an institution that Parnassian Top 10 lists now appear each April This month was dubbed the coolest when NPM celebrated its inauguration in 1996, with sponsoring institution the Academy of American Poets handing out thousands of copies of T.S Eliot s THE WASTE LAND at post offices and libraries across the country In its day, Eliot s poem attracted much controversy, but generating the most argument this year was EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE JUKEBOX, a collection of Elizabeth Bishop s early unpublished work, drafts and not quite finished poems edited by Alice Quinn One reviewer suggested that poets begin burning their early and unfinished work lest the fate that has befallen Bishop befall them NO, I shout How else do young poets learn how to write without becoming hideously discouraged without seeing work in progress Isn t the facsimile edition of THE WASTE LAND itself, half crossed out and heavily revised by Ezra Pound, one of the most valuable documents of 20th century American literature To this, I shout evenloudly, YES and Thank you, Alice Quinn originally published in the TENNESSEAN Clearly a labor of love for Alice Quinn I found her copious endnotes farpleasurable than the fragments and abandoned poems Remind me to destroy my fragments folder before I die.My favorite quotes Translating poetry is like trying to put your feet into gloves the situation of the poet the difficulty of combining the real with the decidedly un real the natural with the unnatural the curious effect a poem produces of being as normal as sight, and yet as synthetic, as artificial, as Clearly a labor of love for Alice Quinn I found her copious endnotes farpleasurable than the fragments and abandoned poems Remind me to destroy my fragments folder before I die.My favorite quotes Translating poetry is like trying to put your feet into gloves the situation of the poet the difficulty of combining the real with the decidedly un real the natural with the unnatural the curious effect a poem produces of being as normal as sight, and yet as synthetic, as artificial, as a glass eye If you re looking for great poetry this isn t necessarily the place If you re looking to understand the PROCESS of great poetry from the mind of the poet, there may be no better I really enjoyed the actual archival pages, complete with stickers from childhood and the developing mind of a poet across a span of 40 years Truly enjoyable. As a lover of Bishop, I was conflicted about the publication of this collection On the one hand, I was eager to turn its pages on the other hand, I wished I could keep it from falling into the wrong hands I wonder if others feel as protective of the poets they love I suppose it s a bit silly As Bonnie Costello put so well the last time I heard her speak, reading recent Bishop scholarship often feels like rummaging through the poets closet The same could be said for this compilation The As a lover of Bishop, I was conflicted about the publication of this collection On the one hand, I was eager to turn its pages on the other hand, I wished I could keep it from falling into the wrong hands I wonder if others feel as protective of the poets they love I suppose it s a bit silly As Bonnie Costello put so well the last time I heard her speak, reading recent Bishop scholarship often feels like rummaging through the poets closet The same could be said for this compilation The poems are not, in many cases, good It seems almost a betrayal to publish them And yetI own a copy I would urge anyone interested in Bishop s work to read her other poems Her prose, too, is delightful this book of fragments made me excited, in my limited knowledge of bishop, to read her finished, polished, intended stuff it was fascinating, beautiful in many places, and well worth reading i did find myself wondering about the intention of the author do we have a right to see this what difference does it make, considering it appears in the wake of her intentionally published work i.e the writing here stands obviously apart from the rest of her work as something wholly different, private this book of fragments made me excited, in my limited knowledge of bishop, to read her finished, polished, intended stuff it was fascinating, beautiful in many places, and well worth reading i did find myself wondering about the intention of the author do we have a right to see this what difference does it make, considering it appears in the wake of her intentionally published work i.e the writing here stands obviously apart from the rest of her work as something wholly different, private, experimental and playful how is it different from publishing letters or diaries after an author s death most amazing to me were the drafts of one art , which was my typically first bishop experience, years ago props to AP english proof that wicked good vilanelles don t spring fully formed from the head of whoever writing islike sculpting than any other artform, it seems by all those many, ever shrinking versions I read just half of this book to page 132 to be exact Then it was due back at the library and I decided to read poems that Ms Bishop had knowingly published instead She was, according to what I read and the film I watched, very particular about which poems were ready for publication Much of what is in this book was published without her knowing, and I felt guilty for getting to know her work this way Better to start with a collection she assembled and approved of. I used this as a companion book when I studied Elizabeth Bishop Alice Quinn provides footnotes for each unpublished poem, draft and fragment she found It most likely Bishop did not want to publish any of these, so this book provoked much controversy when it was in process and at publication But Alice Quinn did fabulous work putting each piece into Elizabeth s history I did not complete reading all the footnotes, but enough to appreciate the years of work this book took. A fascinating collection of false starts, stops, stutter steps, and ruminations from one of my favorite poets For the fan, although it s a bonus and an education for all to be able to read the multiple drafts of the classic poem One Art. From the mid s toElizabeth Bishop published some ninety poems and thirty translations Yet her notebooks reveal that she embarked upon many compositions, some existing in only fragmentary form and some embodied in extensive drafts Edgar Allan Poe The Juke Box presents, alongside facsimiles of many notebook pages from which they are drawn, poems Bishop began soon after college, reflecting her passion for Elizabethan verse and surrealist technique love poems and dream fragments from the s poems about her Canadian childhood and many other works that heretofore have been quoted almost exclusively in biographical and critical studiesThis revelatory and moving selection brings us into the poet s laboratory, showing us the initial provocative images that moved Bishop to begin a poem, illustrating terrain unexplored in the work published during her lifetime Editor Alice Quinn has also mined the Bishop archives for rich tangential material that illuminates the poet s sources and intentions


About the Author: Elizabeth Bishop

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformationElizabeth Bishop was an American poet and writer from Worcester, Massachusetts She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1956 and a National Book Award Winner for Poetry in 1970 She is considered one of the most important and distinguished American poets of the 20th century.


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