Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Imaginary Poets, edited by Alan Michael Parker

from the back cover:
The Challenge
Translate a poem into English, offer a biography of the poet, and then write a short essay in which the poem, the poet, and the corpus are considered--and make all of it up, without once indicating you have done so.

The contributors include: Aliki Barnstone, Annie Finch, Garrett Hongo, Maxine Kumin, D.A. Powell, Mark Strand, and Judith Hall. The results are delicious!

Alan Michael Parker, the editor, has published three books of poetry, a novel, and two other anthologies. He holds an MFA from Columbia and a BA from Washington University. He has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Arts & Science Council and the MacDowell Colony, as well as the 2003 Lucille Medwick memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poems appear in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and others. His prose appears regularly in The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review. He is director of the creative writing program at Davidson College and teaches in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte.

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