Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry

3.45 avg rating
( 510 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780061673450: Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry

"David Orr is no starry-eyed cheerleader for contemporary poetry; Orr’s a critic, and a good one. . . . Beautiful & Pointless is a clear-eyed, opinionated, and idiosyncratic guide to a vibrant but endangered art form, essential reading for anyone who loves poetry, and also for those of us who mostly just admire it from afar." —Tom Perrotta

Award-winning New York Times Book Review poetry columnist David Orr delivers an engaging, amusing, and stimulating tour through the world of poetry. With echoes of Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer, Orr’s Beautiful & Pointless offers a smart and funny approach to appreciating an art form that many find difficult to embrace.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

For most readers, contemporary poetry is a foreign country. And because they've barely visited poetry, let alone lived there, readers struggle to enjoy the art for what it is, rather than what they imagine it to be.

In Beautiful & Pointless, award-winning critic David Orr provides a riveting tour of poetry as it actually exists today. Orr argues that readers should accept the foreignness of poetry in the way that they accept the strangeness of any place to which they haven't traveled—they should expect a little confusion, at least at first. Yet in the same way that we can, over time, learn to appreciate the idiosyncratic delights of, for instance, Belgium, we can learn to be comfortable with the odd pleasures of poetry by taking our time and pursuing what we like.

Reading poetry, Orr suggests, is more a matter of building a relationship than proceeding systematically through a checklist. Beautiful & Pointless provides the foundation for such a relationship by examining the things poets and poetry readers talk about when they discuss poetry, such as why poetry seems especially personal and what it means to write "in form." Orr, by turns acerbic, incisive, hilarious, and keen, is what every reader hopes for: that perfect guide who points the way, doesn't talk too much, and helps you see what you might have missed. Stimulating, amusing, and utterly engrossing, Beautiful & Pointless allows us to see how an individual reader engages poetry, so that we may feel better equipped to appreciate it in our own way.

About the Author:

David Orr is the poetry columnist for The New York Times Book Review. He is the winner of the Nona Balakian prize from the National Book Critics Circle and the Editors Prize for Reviewing from Poetry magazine. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Orr, David
Published by Harper
ISBN 10: 0061673455 ISBN 13: 9780061673450
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0061673455 Ships promptly. Bookseller Inventory # GHP9542LNCV050117H2360C

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

David Orr
Published by Harper (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061673455 ISBN 13: 9780061673450
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061673455

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

David Orr
ISBN 10: 0061673455 ISBN 13: 9780061673450
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800616734501.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

David Orr
Published by Harper (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061673455 ISBN 13: 9780061673450
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061673455

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Orr, David
Published by Harper 2011-04-05 (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061673455 ISBN 13: 9780061673450
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper 2011-04-05, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. 0061673455 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-0061673455

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.40
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Orr, David
Published by Harper (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061673455 ISBN 13: 9780061673450
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061673455

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 35.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Orr, David
Published by Harpercollins (2011)
ISBN 10: 0061673455 ISBN 13: 9780061673450
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition edition. 224 pages. 8.75x6.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0061673455

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.65
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Orr, David
Published by Harper
ISBN 10: 0061673455 ISBN 13: 9780061673450
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0061673455 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0019854

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds