Since the publication of From the Abandoned Cities in 1983, Donald Revell
has been among the more consistent influencers in American poetry and
poetics. Yet, his work has achieved the status it has—his honors include
fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim
Foundation and awards from the PEN Center USA and American Poetry Review—in
a manner that has often tended to belie its abiding significance. This
collection of essays, reviews, and interviews is designed to ignite a more
wide-ranging critical appraisal of Revell’s writing, from his fourteen
collections of poems to his acclaimed translations of French symbolist and
modernist poets to his artfully constructed literary criticism.
Contributors such as Marjorie Perloff, Stephanie Burt, Dan Beachy-Quick,
and Bruce Bond examine key elements in and across Revell’s work, from his
visionary postmodernism (“Our words can never say the mystery of our
meanings, but there they are: spoken and meaning worlds to us”) to his
poetics of radical attention (“And so a poem has nothing to do with picking
and choosing, with the mot juste and reflection in tranquility. It is a
plain record of one’s entire presence”), in order to enlarge our
understanding of how and why that work has come to occupy the place that it
has in contemporary American letters.

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