Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr

By David Orr

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

In attractive & unnecessary, award-winning critic David Orr offers a riveting travel of poetry because it truly exists this present day. Orr argues that readers should still settle for the foreignness of poetry within the approach that they settle for the strangeness of anyplace to which they haven't traveled—they should still count on a bit confusion, at the very least before everything. but within the similar approach that we will, through the years, discover ways to get pleasure from the idiosyncratic delights of, for example, Belgium, we will be able to discover ways to be pleased with the ordinary pleasures of poetry through taking our time and pursuing what we like.

Reading poetry, Orr indicates, is extra an issue of establishing a courting than continuing systematically via a record. appealing & unnecessary offers the basis for one of these courting by means of interpreting the issues poets and poetry readers discuss once they talk about poetry, reminiscent of why poetry turns out particularly own and what it skill to jot down "in form." Orr, through turns acerbic, incisive, hilarious, and willing, is what each reader hopes for: that ideal consultant who issues the best way, doesn't speak an excessive amount of, and is helping you spot what you could have ignored. Stimulating, fun, and totally engrossing, appealing & unnecessary permits us to work out how anyone reader engages poetry, in order that we might suppose higher outfitted to understand it in our personal way.

David Orr is the poetry columnist for the hot York instances ebook evaluate. he's the winner of the Nona Balakian prize from the nationwide booklet Critics Circle and the Editors Prize for Reviewing from Poetry journal. He lives in Ithaca, ny.

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The rain she made reminded her townspeople of the merciless amenities. Dissimulations on that point proved brutally useless. I had walked back in from the garden without a clue to the heartrending bluebird’s whereabouts. As for you, I surrendered your memory to the goodwives of Kittythorpe, hugging their elbows at picket gates by banks of bloodwort, henbane, dogtooth, wormwood, scraps of you twisting into the rain. 23 Eclogue The field across the road was beautiful. I won’t describe it. I went walking out just now to see it.

Voices were coming out of everywhere. Laden with agony beyond my reach, the letter dropped behind the davenport. The time had come to rise up and occur. I stood beside the window and beheld. The usual blackbirds on my neighbor’s roof had come to shiver as the rites require. They were three women, one of them a crone, leaning together, elbow to elbow, and one complaining Sister, she is old— we need to take her up and make her fly, and if she doesn’t, maybe she should fall. — black angels veering in the atmosphere to look us in our faces where we stand like empty-handed lovers facing the sea, wondering why we do this, and how those birds could fall and keep aloft in the one air.

That cat would not die. She took to her duchy of dung to build more cottages among its brooding hills. The rain she made reminded her townspeople of the merciless amenities. Dissimulations on that point proved brutally useless. I had walked back in from the garden without a clue to the heartrending bluebird’s whereabouts. As for you, I surrendered your memory to the goodwives of Kittythorpe, hugging their elbows at picket gates by banks of bloodwort, henbane, dogtooth, wormwood, scraps of you twisting into the rain.

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