The wilderness experience

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kenneth Chamlee (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fred Chappell

Abstract: This creative dissertation in poetry explores the physical, psychic, and emotional wildernesses that people may blunder into, be forced into, or choose to inhabit. Section One, The Logic of The Lost, explores differences in perceptions, those of memory and immediate experience. These differences may be harmless, amusing, or costly, and they may persist or evolve. These poems move toward feelings that are not fully resolved, either for the narrator or the character involved. Section Two, The Mirror of Deceit, explores the ironies inherent in teaching and writing poetry. Each can be approached with passion or dread, each is a form of artistry, each produces distractions, deceptions, and failures. Section Three, Out of Darkness, begins with poems that echo the "lost" and "deceived" voices of the earlier sections by exploring the public and private darknesses people may endure. But it turns, mid-section, toward poems that find points of equilibrium or moments of recognition and resolution.

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Language: English
Date: 1993
American poetry $x 20th century

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