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Willard Spiegelman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.001.0001

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Jorie Graham Talking (2006)

Jorie Graham Talking (2006)

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Willard Spiegelman

Oxford University Press

This chapter criticizes Jorie Graham's poetry collection Overlord. This volume contains twenty-five poems that take on the problem of public themes, including economics, history, and ecology, in tones of anxiety fear, contemplation, remembrance, and prayer. This chapter compares Graham to Walt Whitman and suggests that like Whitman, Graham has been able to put her finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist and that no other poet has tried to come to grips with the larger world as much as she has.

Keywords:   Jorie Graham, Overlord, poetry collection, public themes, Walt Whitman, poetry criticism

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