Local poets represented in new collection
Lisa Russ Spaar's The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry (2013, Drunken Boat Media) collects over fifty of her micro-essays written for the Chronicle of Higher Education Arts & Academe and Brainstorm blogs between 2010 and 2012.
Among those poets whose work is represented and commented upon are nine Warren Wilson MFA faculty: Debra Allbery, David Baker, Michael Collier, Mark Jarman, Laura Kasischke, Heather McHugh, Maurice Manning, Carl Phillips,and Mary Szybist, as well as two alumni: Randall Couch and Meghan O'Rourke.
From 2010 to 2012, Guggenheim Fellow and award-winning poet Lisa Russ Spaar was the poetry editor for the Chronicle of Higher Education's Arts & Academe and Brainstorm blogs, where every Monday she regaled an ever-growing audience with a brief commentary on a poem of her choosing. This book collects the best of these memorable micro-essays, demonstrating how a well-wrought poem speaks to our rich cultural and spiritual life. As the title essay reveals, Spaar's own father believed that "poetry was out to trick him" and in this collection, encompassing a range of crucial poets from the formal to the experimental, Spaar gently and lovingly debunks that notion, showing us the vital place that contemporary poetry can have in the life of the mind. This is an enthralling book for poets and non-poets alike.