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For Us, What Music? The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice

by Jerry Harp

For Us, What Music? The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice Synopsis

For Us, What Music? The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice by Jerry Harp

For Us, What Music? The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice Press Reviews

Admirers of Donald Justice's work will find a wealth of fresh insights in this book, and those new to the poems an invaluable introduction. Particularly interesting is Jerry Harp's detective work, part research and part poet's intuition, into the musical and literary influences on Justice's work. His exploration of the poems' metrics illuminates their complexity as musical compositions, and his meticulous close reading of the poems brings alive the life as well as the work of a great American poet. -- Chase Twichell, author, Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems and Dog Language If it is sometimes hard to tell whether art imitates life or vice versa, the quiet life and art of Donald Justice pose a challenge to the literary biographer, who must place us on intimate terms with both the art and the life of his unassuming subject. In For Us, What Music? Jerry Harp gives us a critical biography that deftly negotiates the dialectic between life and art, balancing detailed scholarly readings of Justice's poems with illuminating anecdotes from the author's works and days. As a result, our understanding of this modest yet extraordinary writer is both complicated and enriched. Displaying the tact, depth, and casual elegance of the poet himself, Harp does his legendary subject justice. --Srikanth Reddy, author, Facts for Visitors Admirers of Donald Justice s work will find a wealth of fresh insights in this book, and those new to the poems an invaluable introduction. Particularly interesting is Jerry Harp s detective work, part research and part poet s intuition, into the musical and literary influences on Justice s work. His exploration of the poems metrics illuminates their complexity as musical compositions, and his meticulous close reading of the poems brings alive the life as well as the work of a great American poet. Chase Twichell, author, Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems and Dog Language If it is sometimes hard to tell whether art imitates life or vice versa, the quiet life and art of Donald Justice pose a challenge to the literary biographer, who must place us on intimate terms with both the art and the life of his unassuming subject. In For Us, What Music? Jerry Harp gives us a critical biography that deftly negotiates the dialectic between life and art, balancing detailed scholarly readings of Justice's poems with illuminating anecdotes from the author's works and days. As a result, our understanding of this modest yet extraordinary writer is both complicated and enriched. Displaying the tact, depth, and casual elegance of the poet himself, Harp does his legendary subject justice. Srikanth Reddy, author, Facts for Visitors Admirers of Donald Justice's work will find a wealth of fresh insights in this book, and those new to the poems an invaluable introduction. Particularly interesting is Jerry Harp's detective work, part research and part poet's intuition, into the musical and literary influences on Justice's work. His exploration of the poems' metrics illuminates their complexity as musical compositions, and his meticulous close reading of the poems brings alive the life as well as the work of a great American poet. -- Chase Twichell, author, Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems and Dog Language If it is sometimes hard to tell whether art imitates life or vice versa, the quiet life and art of Donald Justice pose a challenge to the literary biographer, who must place us on intimate terms with both the art and the life of his unassuming subject. In For Us, What Music? Jerry Harp gives us a critical biography that deftly negotiates the dialectic between life and art, balancing detailed scholarly readings of Justice's poems with illuminating anecdotes from the author's works and days. As a result, our understanding of this modest yet extraordinary writer is both complicated and enriched. Displaying the tact, depth, and casual elegance of the poet himself, Harp does his legendary subject justice. --Srikanth Reddy, author, Facts for Visitors Admirers of Donald Justice's work will find a wealth of fresh insights in this book, and those new to the poems an invaluable introduction. Particularly interesting is Jerry Harp's detective work, part research and part poet's intuition, into the musical and literary influences on Justice's work. His exploration of the poems' metrics illuminates their complexity as musical compositions, and his meticulous close reading of the poems brings alive the life as well as the work of a great American poet. -- Chase Twichell, author, Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems and Dog Language If it is sometimes hard to tell whether art imitates life or vice versa, the quiet life and art of Donald Justice pose a challenge to the literary biographer, who must place us on intimate terms with both the art and the life of his unassuming subject. In For Us, What Music? Jerry Harp gives us a critical biography that deftly negotiates the dialectic between life and art, balancing detailed scholarly readings of Justice's poems with illuminating anecdotes from the author's works and days. As a result, our understanding of this modest yet extraordinary writer is both complicated and enriched. Displaying the tact, depth, and casual elegance of the poet himself, Harp does his legendary subject justice. --Srikanth Reddy, author, Facts for Visitors

Book Information

ISBN: 9781587299117
Publication date: 15th November 2010
Author: Jerry Harp
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 198 pages
Categories: Literary studies: poetry & poets, Biography: arts & entertainment,

About Jerry Harp

Jerry Harp is the author of three books of poems, including Urban Flowers, Concrete Plains. He is coeditor (with Jan Weissmiller) of A Poetry Criticism Reader (Iowa, 2006) and author of Constant Motion Ongian Hermeneutics and the Shifting Ground of Early Modern Understanding. He teaches at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

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