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Pack, Robert 1929-

Works: 107 works in 384 publications in 1 language and 25,094 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays  Short stories  Fiction  Literature  Quotations  Literary criticism  Religious poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Translator, ed
Classifications: PS614, 811.54
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Most widely held works about Robert Pack
  • Gerard Malanga Papers by Gerard Malanga( )
  • by Donald Finkel( )
  • by Robert Pinsky( )
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Most widely held works by Robert Pack
Affirming limits : essays on mortality, choice, and poetic form by Robert Pack( )

12 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in English and held by 1,770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Still here, still now by Robert Pack( )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert Pack is one of America's most eminent nature poets; Still Here, Still Now is his nineteenth volume of verse. The first section of the book contains traditional lyrics that celebrate family ties and seek consolations for the passing of personal and evolutionary time. The poems in this group address a named or unnamed auditor in a voice of intimate engagement. Featuring the most narrative selections in the book, the second section consists of fable-like stories, rich with innuendo and implication"--
The long view : essays on the discipline of hope and poetic craft by Robert Pack( )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Pack is an accomplished poet, a critic, and the director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. In this volume, he offers twenty essays on the craft of writing and the nature of lyric poetry. He pays homage to those master poets whose high achievements have inspired his own work, and he reflects on human mortality and the consolations that help us to survive--the related pleasures of poetry, laughter, and music. The first section of the book consists of three
Elk in winter by Robert Pack( )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Pack is a narrative master blessed with a keen ear for everyday speech. In poems that recall Robert Frost's meditative regard of nature, Pack's newest collection, Elk in Winter, resolves universal questions in the particular, the personal, and the intimate. This rich and varied volume moves from comedy to elegy, from lyric to narrative, in which individual characters are revealed and rendered symbolic by the stories that enclose them. What finally unites the poems of Elk in Winter is Pack's desire to appeal to the ear as much as to the heart, and to discover and revea
Touchstones : American poets on a favorite poem( )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection, "fifty-nine of America's best poets select their favorite verse by another writer and explore its influence on their own writing."--Back cover
Writers on writing by Robert Pack( Book )

8 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From deeply personal perspectives, two dozen established writers ponder the mystery of their art and such fundamentals as: What is a genuine writing impulse? Why does good writing work? How is writing learned? What is the role of craft and technique? Who is meant to be a writer? How is close reading related to good writing? The volume is peppered with critical perspectives and practical advice, yet its special richness and inspiration lie in the wonderment and deep love for the act of writing expressed by each contributor. Each essay is a joy to read, blending storytelling, literary anecdotes gathered from a lifetime of avid reading, and the kind of shoptalk exchanged between colleagues. Writers will find here camaraderie and encouragement, teachers of writing will hear practical testimony to what works, and readers will come away with a renewed awe for the spell cast by good writing"--From back cover
Introspections : American poets on one of their own poems by Robert Pack( )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T.S. Eliot wrote that "the nearest we get to pure literary criticism is artists writing about their own art." This collection of essays by 55 of America's finest poets justifies that standard. Asked to select and write about one of their own poems, these artists approach the task in delightfully varied ways. Some describe the circumstances that led to the poem: Rita Dove traces the creation of Parsley after offering the qualifier that "the task of describing how one such poem came to be snared on the page is a mission charged with equivocation and doomed to partial failure." Others offer a close reading of the work: Rosellen Brown provides a textual account of a section from Cora Fry's Pillow Book, a poem she dared "enjoy publicly" for a moment. Maxine Kumin also revisits a poem, in her case one written forty years before, and though she can see how differently she might write it today, she enjoys again the feelings from which it sprang and finds pleasure in its successful elements. The nature of the writing process itself is the topic for others such as Erica Jong who considers the conscious and unconscious sources of The Buddha in the Womb. Historical context and biographical detail form the focus of other essays: W.D. Snodgrass presents a poem, Lifelong, written for friends on the occasion of their wedding and he records the events leading to its composition. Introspections demonstrates not just how much unique insight can obtained, but how much fun it can be to accompany poets on a trip through their private
The Bread Loaf anthology of contemporary American essays( )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 1,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wallace Stevens, an approach to his poetry and thought by Robert Pack( Book )

33 editions published between 1957 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems for a small planet : contemporary American nature poetry( )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,098 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laughter before sleep by Robert Pack( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,098 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A moving but often comic journey toward the end of life. Infused with lyricism, sensitivity, and intelligence, these poems mediate upon Pack's sense of absence and loss
New poets of England and America by Donald Hall( Book )

33 editions published between 1957 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New poets of England and America: second selection by Donald Hall( Book )

20 editions published between 1957 and 1972 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American identities : contemporary multicultural voices by Robert Pack( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary commentators have observed that postmodern America is less a melting pot than a buffet table. In American Identities people of diverse ethnic, religious, social, gender, and sexual backgrounds "refuse to merge but insist on a multiplicity of well-maintained identities," editors Robert Pack and Jay Parini explain. This sixth volume in the popular Bread Loaf Anthology series gathers more than three dozen voices who testify that there is no single American Experience, but instead a multiplicity of experiences. These poems, stories, and essays describe in occasionally stark, sometimes humorous, and often moving terms what it means to be black and American, or gay and American, or Latino and American, or Jewish and American within this society
The Bread Loaf anthology of contemporary American poetry by Robert Pack( Book )

13 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains 231 poems of 72 Americans written since 1980
Belief and uncertainty in the poetry of Robert Frost by Robert Pack( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert Pack's lifelong delight in Robert Frost's intricate, beautiful, and profound poetry shines through in the essays in this book. He confronts such broad themes as mourning, inheritance, nature, and the imagination, bringing to bear historical, psychological, Darwinian, and close-textual-reading interpretive approaches. Chapter one sets Frost's work in the tradition of nature writing, from the Book of Genesis through modern American ecological works. Chapter two examines the profound influences of the Book of Job, Darwin, and evolutionary theory on Frost's thinking. There follow chapters that structurally and philosophically compare Wordsworth's "Michael" to Frost's "Wild Grapes," focusing on the themes in inheritance, grieving, and the potency of the imagination. The reader encounters Frost as teacher and preacher, Frost's idea of how beliefs are affirmed, the simultaneous representation of adult memory and immediate childhood sensation, and the underlying duality of place and nothingness, which forms the existential background for his "stay against confusion"--The consoling purpose of Frost's poetic art."--Jacket
The Bread Loaf anthology of contemporary American short stories by Robert Pack( Book )

7 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

22 short stories by Ann Beattie, Raymond Carver, John Irving, Joyce Carol Oates, Cynthia Ozick, John Updike, and others
Poems of doubt and belief; an anthology of modern religious poetry by Tom F Driver( Book )

2 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

138 poems, from Gerard Manley Hopkins and Yeats to the present
Waking to my name : new and selected poems by Robert Pack( Book )

6 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Home from the cemetery by Robert Pack( Book )

4 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Elk in winter
Elk in winterTouchstones : American poets on a favorite poemWriters on writingIntrospections : American poets on one of their own poemsThe Bread Loaf anthology of contemporary American essaysPoems for a small planet : contemporary American nature poetryLaughter before sleepAmerican identities : contemporary multicultural voices
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