Beautiful & Pointless

Beautiful & Pointless

A Guide to Modern Poetry

Book - 2011
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"David Orr provides a riveting tour of poetry as it actually exists today. Orr argues that readers should accept the foreignness of poetry in the way that they accept the strangeness of any place to which they haven't traveled--they should expect a little confusion, at least at first. Yet in the same way that we can, over time, learn to appreciate the idiosyncratic delights of, for instance, Belgium, we can learn to be comfortable with the odd pleasures of poetry by taking our time and pursuing what we like. Reading poetry, Orr suggests, is more a matter of building a relationship than proceeding systematically through a checklist. Beautiful & Pointless provides the foundation for such a relationship by examining the things poets and poetry readers talk about when they discuss poetry, such as why poetry seems especially personal and what it means to write "in form." Orr, by turns acerbic, incisive, hilarious, and keen, is what every reader hopes for: that perfect guide who points the way, doesn't talk too much, and helps you see what you might have missed. Stimulating, amusing, and utterly engrossing, Beautiful & Pointless allows us to see how an individual reader engages poetry, so that we may feel better equipped to appreciate it in our own way."--Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061673450
Branch Call Number: 808.1/ORR
Characteristics: xviii, 200 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Beautiful and pointless


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Mar 04, 2017

This is the best little book introducing modern American poetry I've read: its accessible, clear, funny, and also addresses issues about the industry and institutions and literary and social fashions too.


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