We Begin in Gladness: Book summary and reviews of We Begin in Gladness by Craig Morgan Teicher

We Begin in Gladness

How Poets Progress

by Craig Morgan Teicher

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We Begin in Gladness by Craig Morgan Teicher
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2018
    176 pages
    Genre: Poetry

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One of our most perceptive critics on the ways that poets develop poems, a career, and a life.

Though it seems, at first, like an art of speaking, poetry is an art of listening. The poet trains to hear clearly and, as much as possible, without interruption, the voice of his or her mind, the voice that gathers, packs with meaning, and unpacks the language he or she knows. It can take a long time to learn to let this voice speak without getting in its way.

This slow learning, the growth of this habit of inner attentiveness, is poetic development, and it is the substance of the poet's art. Of course, this growth is rarely steady, never linear, and is sometimes not actually growth but diminishment - that's all part of the compelling story of a poet's way forward.

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"Starred Review. Teicher's reasoning is sound, articulate, and accessible to readers of all poetic fluency levels, but also so original that even experts will find new ways of thinking about old favorites." - Publishers Weekly

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Craig Morgan Teicher

Craig Morgan Teicher is an acclaimed poet and critic. He is the author of three books of poetry, including The Trembling Answers, and regularly writes reviews for the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and The New York Times Book Review. He lives in New Jersey.

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