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Acts of Mind, Acts of Mind, 081730228X, 0-8173-0228-X, 978-0-8173-0228-3, 9780817302283, , , Acts of Mind, 081738863X, 0-8173-8863-X, 978-0-8173-8863-8, 9780817388638,

Acts of Mind
Conversations with Contemporary Poets

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1984. 232 pp.
Price:  $32.95 s
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232 pp.
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A good poem is, to borrow from Wallace Stevens, a “poem of the mind in the act of finding / What will suffice” (“Of Modern Poetry”), a poem of the mind that both thinks and feels
Acts of Mind grew out of interviews conducted by the author for Poetry Miscellany. The aim of which was to help develop a method for talking about the work of contemporary poets.
The poets whose views appear in this volume represent a fair cross-section of the more important tendencies and impulses to be found in contemporary poetry and poetics.

Richard Jackson is associate professor of English, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Acts of Mind was published in hardcover in April 1983.

 “There have been any number of books of interview with contemporary writers, but none precisely like this one. The author/editor has somehow managed to get these very different poets to follow his lead and (in many cases for the first time anywhere) to reveal much about their intellectual habits, assumptions, and preconceptions.  In almost every case he has been able to get these poets to talk more openly and freely than anyone else has ever done.”
—George Garrett

 “The achievement of Jackson’s interviews is that his subjects seem to catch fire in the attempt to match the quality of his questioning; one is hard put to name a volume more necessary for shelves of contemporary poetry than this one.”

“These 30 interviews form an excellent short course on the name and nature of contemporary poetry.”
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1982 Choice Outstanding Academic Book, sponsored by Choice Magazine

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