"As assembled here these writings become a brilliant tour of the last twenty-five years of American poetry, not systematic, orderly, or complete, but strikingly capacious and wide ranging. Kitchen is an extraordinary guide to these writers and texts, both the famous and the less familiar. What Persists is both a significant contribution to American poetry criticism and a lasting tribute to one of our best recent critics."
—Jeff Gundy, author of Somewhere Near Defiance
"Compact as crystal, this book touches and changes its reader and will prove a shining milestone to future poets, scholars, and readers seeking the light of poetry itself."
“I hope others will immerse themselves in this book and be as moved, amazed, touched, and enlightened as I felt when I read and now reread her marvelous sentences, her deep understanding of poetry, her remarkable ability to absorb it all and make sense of it for her readers.”
—Kelly Cherry, The Hollins Critic
What Persists contains eighteen of the nearly fifty essays on poetry that Judith Kitchen published in The Georgia Review over a twenty-five-year span. Coming at the genre from every possible angle, this celebrated critic discusses work by older and younger poets, most American but some foreign, and many of whom were not yet part of the contemporary canon. Her essays reveal a cultural history from the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, through 9/11 and the Iraq War, and move into today’s political climate. They chronicle personal interests while they also make note of what was happening in contemporary poetry by revealing overall changes of taste, both in content and in the use of craft. Over time, they fashion a comprehensive overview of the contemporary literary scene.
At its best, What Persists shows what a wide range of poetry is being written—by women, men, poets who celebrate their ethnicity, poets who show a fierce individualism, poets whose careers have soared, promising poets whose work has all but disappeared.
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