Nonfiction. Poetry Reference. A linguist (Warren Fulton) describes what happens when a poet from New York by way of Germany (David Jaffin) comes to a beach in Florida for a poetry reading. Confronting a curious but cautious international audience, Jaffin finds that although there are many ways to misunderstand what he's saying, there are many more ways of uncovering meaning, even down to levels of truth he himself had not traveled. The book is not only a treatment of how modern-day people respond to a modernist voice, but also how in the process they learn the language of poetry, an unfamiliar idiom struggling for survival in the Information Age. What were first seen as obscurities gradually open onto vistas of mystery, and puzzlement is transformed to appreciation. Thus, POEMED ON A BEACH is a guide to contemporary poetics addressing new and wary readers. As such, it is eminently suited for use in poetry circles and introductory literature classes.
Warren Fulton, a Business Communications teacher, spent more than 20 years managing language schools in Europe and writing textbooks in the field of English for Special Purposes. In his latest book, his zeal for clarity of expression draws him into a wrestling match with his friend and co-author David Jaffin, a poet, lecturer, and art historian living in Germany. Jaffin's poetry, while built on traditional techniques, is a prism of our fragmented and chaotic modern experience rendered into "postmodernist-metaphysical" forms and phrasings: the kind of writing that Fulton usually takes to with a red pen. Author City: Fort Myers Beach, FL USA