Names - Marilyn Hacker & Versed - Rae Armantrout

Marilyn Hacker and Rae Armantrout are poets of the same generation. Both have new books, Hacker’s is Names (W.W. Norton, $24.95) and Armantrout’s is the National Book Award-nominated Versed (Wesleyan Univ., $22.95). When I think of Hacker, I see a poet of great, often bilingual wit (she lives part of the time in France) who takes on all subjects and fits them into the forms that characterize classic poetry. In Names, Hacker writes to poets like Alfred Corn and of poets like Anna Akhmatova. She draws on poetic forms from other cultures, using the renga, the ghazal and the glose as well as old standbys like the sonnet. The language is always clear and elegant, whether she’s writing about Montaigne or the Paris rain. Armantrout’s Versed is the work of a writer at the height of her powers. In this book she moves from pop culture to her own struggles with cancer. The work is down-to-earth, written with clarity and humor.

Versed (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780819568793
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Wesleyan University Press - February 1st, 2009

Names: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393339673
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 2nd, 2011

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