Literary Nonfiction. This is an inspiring book about writing and—more unusually—a book that honors ambition, that idiosyncratic drive that compels writers and other artists to action despite every kind of obstacle. Upton explores forces that threaten our ability to fulfill the most daring aspirations, and she examines ambition's adjuncts, including failure, boredom, and purity, offering a provocative antidote: obsession. Ultimately Upton argues for a new perception of literary art as "a good secret" for our time, when our interior lives and our imaginations are under threat.
Lee Upton is the author of five previous books of poetry including UNDID IN THE LAND OF UNDONE, Civilian Histories, and Approximate Darling; the story collection The Tao of Humiliation; the essay collection SWALLOWING THE SEA: ON WRITING & AMBITION, BOREDOM, PURITY & SECRECY; the novella THE GUIDE TO THE FLYING ISLAND; and several books of critical prose, most recently Defensive Measures: The Poetry of Niedecker, Bishop, Glück, and Carson. She is a professor of English and the writer- in-residence at Lafayette College. BOTTLE THE BOTTLES THE BOTTLES THE BOTTLES is the winner of the 2014 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Competition, selected by Erin Belieu.
Author City: Easton, PA USA