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Stephen Burt and Alfred Bendixen10-1-2014
Georgia Southern University faculty member Richard Flynn authored “Elizabeth Bishop, Randall Jarrell, and the Lost World of Real Feeling” in the publication The Cambridge History of American Poetry.
Chapter Summary: On October 29, 1964, at a reading at the Guggenheim Museum celebrating Elizabeth Bishop’s $5,000 fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, Randall Jarrell read Elizabeth Bishop’s poems and his own because Bishop was unable to leave Brazil to receive the award. Robert Lowell, a longtime friend of both poets, introduced the reading, and his introduction reflected his estimation of each poet’s reputation, an estimation that would remain the conventional ... Read more
Lisa Sornberger and John Sornberger1-1-2013
Georgia Southern University faculty member Richard Flynn authored “"Like a Cactus Tree:" Growing up with Joni Mitchell's Music” in the publication Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs.
Angus Cleghorn, Bethany Hicok, and Thomas Travisano5-1-2012
Georgia Southern University faculty member Richard Flynn authored “Words in Air: Bishhop, Lowell, and the Aesthetics of Autobiographical Poetry” in the publication Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century: Reading the New Editions.
Book Summary: In recent years, a series of major collections of posthumous writings by Elizabeth Bishop--one of the most widely read and discussed poets of the twentieth century--have been published, profoundly affecting how we look at her life and work. The hundreds of letters, poems, and other writings in these volumes have expanded Bishop‘s published work by well over a thousand pages and placed before the public a ... Read more
James Holt McGavran Jr.5-1-2012
Georgia Southern University faculty member Richard Flynn authored “My Folk Revival: Childhood, Politics, and Popular Music” in the publication Time of Beauty, Time of Fear: The Romantic Legacy in the Literature of Childhood.
Book Summary: It is now two and a half centuries since Jean-Jacques Rousseau first wrote so evocatively of natural man in Social Contract and of experiential education in Emile. His emphasis on the early years as a crucial part of life drove the Romantic reconceptualization of childhood—the idea that children have a special knowledge of nature, politics, and spirituality to teach their elders as well as the ... Read more
Julia Mickenberg and Lynne Vallone3-1-2011
Georgia Southern University faculty member Richard Flynn authored “Randall Jarrell's The Bat-Poet: Poets, Children and Readers in an Age of Prose” in the publication The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature.
Chapter Summary: This article addresses how The Bat-Poet (1964) may be used to explore the rich traditions of American children's poetry within a larger literary history encompassing both fiction and criticism. This work responds to what Randall Jarrell perceived as antipoetic times with the nuance and emotional depth that is the province not of criticism but of imaginative literature. The synopsis of The Bat-Poet hardly does justice to the story's ... Read more
Theresa Malphrus Welford10-1-2011
Georgia Southern University faculty member Richard Flynn authored “Men of Our Time” in the publication The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems.
Book Summary: As Gertrude Stein might have put it, a cento is a collage is a mix tape is a video montage.
This hypothetical description is fitting in a number of ways. Although the cento form is ancient - in existence since at least the days of Virgil and Homer - it was also used to striking effect in the Modern era: consider, for example, T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and Ezra Pound's Cantos.
More recent centos ... Read more