In Praise of the Impure

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ISBN 978-0-8101-5025-6

Paper Text – $18.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-5028-7
Publication Date
November 1993
Page Count
185 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

In Praise of the Impure

Poetry and the Ethical Imagination: Essays, 1980-1991
Alan Shapiro

Alan Shapiro is not only a much-lauded poet but also one of America's most intelligent and clearheaded thinkers about poetry. In Praise of the Impure collects his passionate, rigorously argued essays on the situation of poetry in American culture today.

About the Author

Alan Shapiro is the author of four books of poetry, including Happy Hour, which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America, and Covenant. He teaches at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and is the recipient of a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award.
"Shapiro has produced work of such authority and originality that he has permanently enlarged my hopes and expectations for contemporary poetry."
--Tom Sleigh, Boston Review