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The Poet S Freedom

Author: Susan Stewart
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226773841
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Why do we need new art? How free is the artist in making? And why is the artist, and particularly the poet, a figure of freedom in Western culture? The MacArthur Award–winning poet and critic Susan Stewart ponders these questions in The Poet’s Freedom. Through a series of evocative essays, she not only argues that freedom is necessary to making and is itself something made, but also shows how artists give rules to their practices and model a self-determination that might serve in other spheres of work. Stewart traces the ideas of freedom and making through insightful readings of an array of Western philosophers and poets—Plato, Homer, Marx, Heidegger, Arendt, Dante, and Coleridge are among her key sources. She begins by considering the theme of making in the Hebrew Scriptures, examining their accountof a god who creates the world and leaves humans free to rearrange and reform the materials of nature. She goes on to follow the force of moods, sounds, rhythms, images, metrical rules, rhetorical traditions, the traps of the passions, and the nature of language in the cycle of making and remaking. Throughout the book she weaves the insight that the freedom to reverse any act of artistic making is as essential as the freedom to create. A book about the pleasures of making and thinking as means of life, The Poet’s Freedom explores and celebrates the freedom of artists who, working under finite conditions, make considered choices and shape surprising consequences. This engaging and beautifully written notebook on making will attract anyone interested in the creation of art and literature.

The Freedom Of The Poet

Author: John Berryman
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0374158487
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The late American poet's critical explorations into the works and tempers of his fellows, from Shakespeare to Whitman, from Marlowe to Yeats, Thomas, and Lowell, together with five stories

My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter

Author: Aja Monet
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 1608467686
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I am 27 and have never killed a man but I know the face of death as if heirloom my country memorizes murder as lullaby —from “For Fahd” Textured with the sights and sounds of growing up in East New York in the nineties, to school on the South Side of Chicago, all the way to the olive groves of Palestine, My Mother Is a Freedom Fighter is Aja Monet’s ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the tiny gods who fight to change the world. Complemented by striking cover art from Carrie Mae Weems, these stunning poems tackle racism, sexism, genocide, displacement, heartbreak, and grief, but also love, motherhood, spirituality, and Black joy. Praise for Aja Monet: ““[Monet] is the true definition of an artist.” —Harry Belafonte ““In Paris, she walked out onto the stage, opened her mouth and spoke. At the first utterance I heard that rare something that said this is special and knew immediately that Aja Monet was one of the Ones who will mark the sound of the ages. She brings depth of voice to the voiceless, and through her we sing a powerful song.” —Carrie Mae Weems Of Cuban-Jamaican descent, Aja Monet is an internationally established poet, performer, singer, songwriter, educator, and human rights advocate. Monet is also the youngest person to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title.

Degrees Of Freedom

Author: Bethany Hicok
Publisher: Associated University Presse
ISBN: 9780838756935
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In this original contribution to the history of American poetry in the twentieth century, Bethany Hicok traces the influence of the women's college on the poetic development of three major American poets--Marianne Moore at Bryn Mawr, Elizabeth Bishop at Vassar, and Sylvia Plath at Smith. Drawing on extensive archival research, Hicok argues that each poet was part of a supportive but also competitive community of writers and scholars who honed their writing skills in college classes and on literary magazines. This story, however, is not a monolithic one, nor is it a narrative of unbroken progressiveness. Surprisingly, as Hicok demonstrates, the Bryn Mawr from which Moore graduated in 1909 was more enlightened in certain respects than was Smith College in the 1950s, when Sylvia Plath swept all the awards in English. Nevertheless, Hicok's study demonstrates how academic communities provided young women with a sense of cultural authority at different times, and in different ways, in America.


Author: Mark Ludwig
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807041904
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An exploration of freedom by some of the world’s most celebrated poets, published for the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camps The year 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the conclusion of the Second World War. But around the world, oppressed and imprisoned people are still longing for freedom and asking, “What does it mean to be free?” This collection of poems explores that question. In honor of this anniversary, some of the world’s top contemporary voices—including Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, Jay Parini, Yusef Komunyakaa, Agi Mishol, Tsering Woeser, Han Dong, Ernesto Santana, and Richard Blanco—have written poems on the theme of liberation as it inspires them personally and creatively. Nearly all of their poems are published for the first time in this volume. The result is an artistic representation of the universal yearning for freedom from twenty-five countries—and countless stories of oppression, imprisonment, and liberation. Here are Afghan women writing in secret, Tibetan and Cuban dissidents, memories and hopes inspired by topics from Fergusson to the Middle East, from illness to spirituality to joy in nature. This collection demonstrates the power of art to heal and to bring attention to freedom as a universal human right. Lyrical, uplifting, contemplative, sometimes angry, sometimes hopeful, always masterful, these are enduring poems to enrich and inspire. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Poet S Daughter

Author: Parvānah Bahār
Publisher: Larson Publication
ISBN: 9781936012572
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Written by his daughter, this autobiography of the man considered Iran's “King of Poets” describes his contributions as a highly regarded champion of democratic values and how his values influenced her own experiences as an activist in the United States.

Speak Poet

Author: Freedom Speaks
Publisher: Freedom Speaks Ink
ISBN: 9780979432200
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Speak, Poet! is a brazen collection of poems by the poet, writer, spoken word artist and literary activist known as Freedom Speaks. Filled with poems charged by love, vulnerability, and triumph, Speaks takes an intimate yet demanding approach to addressing the psychosocial-political-spiritual concerns of a black woman in America approaching age thirty. Uncensored and candid while still maintaining its intellectual patina, this volume, which is Speaks' second poetry compilation, calls for a much needed healing via self-actualization. Poems like "The Power Button," "Word Possession," "Desperation," and "Where are their mothers?" allow readers a glimpse into the work Speaks writes but does not often perform, while signature pieces like "Divinity," "Chaos in the Dome," and "Afrika Be Us," which have received considerable acclaim are included as well. Speak, Poet! alludes that one must recognize and speak his or her truth even if only to oneself, even if it hurts, and even if that truth periodically changes, in order to experience its therapeutic effects. This collection is recommended for all who are struggling to find their own voice or free themselves from emotional constraints, as well as for all who find comfort in the bittersweet outbursts of poets who speak with their best interest at heart.

Friedrich Schiller Poet Of Freedom

Author: Friedrich Schiller
Publisher: Schiller Inst
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Don Carlos, Infante of Spain--Letters on Don Carlos--Theater considered as a moral institution--Over the aesthetical education of man--Poems--The Ghost seer.

The Surrender Tree

Author: Margarita Engle
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780805086744
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Cuba has fought three wars for independence, and still she is not free. This history in verse creates a lyrical portrait of Cuba.