Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Orchid Tierney : part four

4. What poets changed the way you thought about writing?

I think my poet’s syllabus is constantly expanding so this list is by no means exclusive, but the writers who have most informed by practice include Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Caroline Bergvall, Barbara Guest, Charles Bernstein, Robin Hyde, Robert Creeley, Bob Perelman, Susan Howe, Lyn Hejinian, and Jennifer Scappettone. Robin Hyde as a NZer is likely the odd one out in this otherwise American list of poets, but The Book of Nadath, in my opinion, is one of the greatest examples of the feminist epics in the 20th century. 

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