In September 2010, poet Lisa Russ Spaar started a project called “Monday’s Poem,” in which she selected and discussed a contemporary poem for the Chronicle of Higher Education Review’s poetry blog.
Her audience quickly grew, as readers gathered to share her writing meditations and enjoy gorgeous poetry. Her book, The Hide and Seek Muse, gathers together selected poems and mini-essays for a rumination on the way poetry nests inside daily moments.
“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.”
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