A Defense of Poetry

A Defense of Poetry

eBook - 2002
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Winner of the 2001 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
Runner-up, Society of Midland Authors 2002 Poetry Prize

Gabriel Gudding’s poems not only defend against the pretense and vanity of war, violence, and religion, but also against the vanity of poetry itself. These poems sometimes nestle in the lowest regions of the body, and depict invective, donnybrooks, chase scenes, and the abuse of animals, as well as the indignities and bumblings of the besotted, the lustful, the annoyed, and the stupid.

In short, Gudding seeks to reclaim the lowbrow. Dangerous, edgy, and dark, this is an innovative writer unafraid to attack the unremitting high seriousness of so much poetry, laughing with his readers as he twists the elegiac lyric "I" into a pompous little clown.

Dangerous, edgy, and dark, Gudding offers a defense not only against the pretense and vanity of war, violence, and religion, but also against the vanity of poetry itself.


Baker & Taylor
The poet serves up challenges to war, violence, religion, and poetry in this witty, entertaining collection of poems. Winner of the 2001 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Original.

Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©2002
ISBN: 9780822979883
0822979888
Characteristics: 1 online resource (90 pages)

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