Daniel Brown is the author of two books of poetry and several critical books about poetry and music.
The subject of subjects in poetry is like a mountain you’re standing at the base of: so huge you can fail to see it unless you look upward. Subjects in Poetry is a prize-winning poet’s attempt at a lifting of eyes.
“With its reader friendliness, its distilled brevity, its infectious enthusiasms, it seems destined to be a classic, a guidebook that belongs in the hands of students and practitioners alike.” ~ A. E. Stallings, MacArthur Award winner, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry finalist
“This wholly original book is the most enlivening look at poetry I’ve come across in a while. There are notable observations—insightful, funny, arresting—on every page; the writing is consistently instinct with wit. Brown is unafraid to state what may seem like the obvious, but is a too often obscured truth: that what subjects give poetry is humanness. Nobody to my knowledge has written a book that so directly goes to this heart of things.” ~ William H. Pritchard, Henry Clay Folger Professor of English Emeritus, Amherst College
“Subjects in Poetry is a surprising, lively, and illuminating look at a ‘subject’ I would have thought ungraspable.” ~ Christian Wiman, author of Survival Is a Style
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