The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (Paperback)
The award-winning poet Carl Phillips's invaluable essays on poetry, the tenth volume in the celebrated Art of series of books on the craft of writing
In seven insightful essays, Carl Phillips meditates on the craft of poetry, its capacity for making a space for possibility and inquiry. What does it mean to give shapelessness a form? How can a poem explore both the natural world and the inner world? Phillips demonstrates the restless qualities of the imagination by reading and examining poems by Ashbery, Bogan, Frost, Niedecker, Shakespeare, and others, and by considering other art forms, such as photography and the blues. The Art of Daring is a lyrical, persuasive argument for the many ways that writing and living are acts of risk. "I think it's largely the conundrum of being human that makes us keep making," Phillips writes. "I think it has something to do with revision--how, not only is the world in constant revision, but each of us is, as well."
About the Author
Carl Phillips is the author of a dozen books of poetry, including Silverchest and Double Shadow, and a collection of essays, Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Art and Life of Poetry. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Praise for Coin of the Realm
“Whether he is writing about George Herbert, Sylvia Plath, or Langston Hughes, whether he is making a case for beauty or thinking about the nature of race and gender, myth and fable, in American poetry, Carl Phillips’s prose is intriguing, learned, and unconventional, filled with insights and surprises, brightened by luminosities.” —Edward Hirsch
“Readers of Carl Phillips’s poetry will have some preparation for the pleasures and insights of this volume, particularly in its subtlety, originality, and historical range. . . . Incisive essays on George Herbert, the Psalms, the place of race and identity in habits of perception and reading, and the author’s growth as a writer are unified by central questions of beauty and ethics that will be of interest to anyone who cares about literature.” —Susan Stewart