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By Reginald Shepherd

"Orpheus within the Bronx not just extols the liberty language gives us; it embodies that freedom, enacting poetry's maximum gift---the strength to acknowledge ourselves as whatever except what we're. those bracing arguments have been written via a poet who sings."

---James Longenbach

A hugely acute author, student, editor, and critic, Reginald Shepherd brings to his paintings the sensibilities of a classicist and a modern theorist, an heir of the yank excessive modernist canon, and a poet drawing and taking part in on pop culture, whereas at the same time venturing into formal experimentation.

In the essays gathered right here, Shepherd bargains probing meditations unified by way of a "resolute safeguard of poetry's autonomy, and a party of the liberatory and utopian probabilities such autonomy offers." one of the items integrated are an eloquent autobiographical essay taking off within the frankest phrases the vicissitudes of a Bronx ghetto youth; the get away provided via books and "gifted" prestige preserved by way of maternal choice; early loss and the similar of exile; and the formation of the writer's vocation. With an analogous frankness that he brings to autobiography, Shepherd additionally units out his purposes for rejecting "identity politics" in poetry as an pointless trammeling of literary mind's eye. His research of the "urban pastoral," from Baudelaire via Eliot, Crane, and Gwendolyn Brooks, to Shepherd's personal paintings, presents a clean view of where of city panorama in American poetry.

Throughout his essays---as in his poetry---Shepherd juxtaposes unabashed lyricism, historic understanding, and in-your-face contemporaneity, bristling with intelligence.

A quantity within the Poets on Poetry sequence, which collects serious works via modern poets, collecting jointly the articles, interviews, and booklet experiences in which they've got articulated the poetics of a brand new generation.

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