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A Way of Happening

A Way of Happening

Observations of Contemporary Poetry

Fred Chappell

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One of our most acclaimed and versatile authors, Fred Chappell is comfortably at home in fiction, poetry, and literary criticism. A Way of Happening gathers his essays and reviews of contemporary poetry. Chappell consider new writers as well as more established authors, including Alfred Corn, William Matthews, A. R. Ammons, Linda Pastan, Julia Randall, Cornelius Eady, Alan Shapiro, and many others. And there are essays on the plight of the critic ("Thanks but No Thanks") and the delicate role of the writing teacher ("First Night Come Round Again").

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"A rare, reasonable critic strikes. If "reasonable" means alert and without apparent self- interest, as well as exuberantly free of academese, then Chappell fits the bill nicely."—Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Fred Chappell

Fred Chappell is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and fiction. His most recent books are the novel Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave you (Picador USA) and Spring Garden: New and Selected Poems (Louisiana State University Press). He was a judge for the 1997 National Book Award for Poetry and his writing has received many major prizes, including the Bollingen Prize in Poetry from Yale University (shared with John Ashbery), the Ingersoll Foundation's T.S. Eliot Award, the Aiken/Taylor Award from the University of the South, and the Award in Literature from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He teaches at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where he lives with his wife, Susan.

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