Walking Light: Memoirs and Essays on Poetry

Stephen Dunn
Published in 2001
by BOA Editions

“We are choreographers of our poems. We intuit, will, pace, digress, suppress, stitch, and arrange—all of which requires a sense of evolving design,” writes the late Stephen Dunn in the introduction to this expanded version of his collection of essays on poetry, originally published by W. W. Norton in 1993. Ranging in topics from the relationship between art and sport, to the role of the imagination and the necessity of surprise when writing poetry, Dunn uses his decades of expertise to make simple the most ineffable quandaries. Displaying not only the Pulitzer Prize winner’s expertise but his commitment to the art of teaching and writing, Walking Light is an entertaining and enlightening read for all those seeking to be inspired. 


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