The Route as Briefed

James Tate
Published in 1999
by University of Michigan Press

The Route as Briefed is an eclectic collection of prose by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet James Tate featuring essays, interviews, journal entries, and even a recipe. Topics range from poetic influences to MFA programs, and from the role of humor in poetry to the nature of regional writing. An installment of the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry series, the book features Tate’s signature humorous writing style and is sure to entertain readers as well as offer instruction and introspection on the difficulties and joys of the writing life. This is an underrated writing craft classic by a beloved poet and teacher for any reader or writer looking for insight and inspiration. 


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