Poetics Today: International Journal for Theory and Analysis of Literature and Communication
Duke University Press
Don Bialostosky has long been admired as a writer of dense texts aimed at theory-minded academics and addressing Bakhtin and rhetoric. With How to Play a Poem, Bialostosky plays to a different audience, positioning himself as “something of a popular entertainer,” to use T. S. Eliot’s improbable self-description in the wake of The Waste Land. Aimed not at theoreticians but average teachers of poetry, Bialostosky’s text attempts to make Bakhtin accessible for the college and high school classroom. For my own audience here, I offer a conflict-of-interest disclosure: Bialostosky directed my dissertation over twenty-five years ago, but there is little overlap in our professional lives now. As it turns out, I am happy to offer a positive review simply because this is an important and engaging book.
Stayer, Jayme. How to Play a Poem by Don Bialostosky. Poetics Today: International Journal for Theory and Analysis of Literature and Communication, 40, 4: 747-749, 2019. Retrieved from Loyola eCommons, English: Faculty Publications and Other Works, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/03335372-7739169
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