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Fables of Representation:  Essays
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A powerful collection of essays on the state of contemporary poetry, free from the stultifying theoretical rhetoric of recent literary history. Hoover's wide-ranging subjects include African-American interdisciplinary studies; the position of poetry in the electronic age; the notion of doubleness in the work of Harryette Mullen and others; the lyricism of the New York School poets; and the role of reality in American poetry. Hoover also introduces two provocative essays sure to generate attention and discussion: "The Postmodern Era: A Final Exam" and "The New Millennium: Fifty Statements on Literature and Culture."
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A powerful collection of essays on the state of contemporary poetry, free from the stultifying theoretical rhetoric of recent literary history. Hoover's wide-ranging subjects include African-American interdisciplinary studies; the position of poetry in the electronic age; the notion of doubleness in the work of Harryette Mullen and others; the lyricism of the New York School poets; and the role of reality in American poetry. Hoover also introduces two provocative essays sure to generate attention and discussion: "The Postmodern Era: A Final Exam" and "The New Millennium: Fifty Statements on Literature and Culture."

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About Paul

Paul Hoover is the author of twelve books of poetry including Sonnet 56 (Les Figues Press, 2009), consisting of 56 formal variations on Shakespeare's sonnet 56; Edge and Fold (Apogee Press, 2006); Poems in Spanish (Omnidawn, 2005), nominated for the...

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Published Reviews

Dec.17.2007

The title of Paul Hoover's ninth collection of poetry is misleading.  Poems in Spanish is not, in fact, written in Spanish.  Instead, Hoover presents a variety of styles and modes that borrow from...

Dec.17.2007

Poems in Spanish is haunted by a ghostly presence throughout, whether it be of the poet's dead father or a kind of landscape of the mind, which is also, one feels, an external landscape of the...