A Look into Narrative and Confessional Poetry

My Ph.D. colleague, Dante Di Stefano, recently had an essay published by Shenandoah. The essay, “A Defense of Train Wrecks: Lyric Narrative Poetry and the Legacy of Confessionalism,”  makes a fine case for narrative poetry today. Not only does the essay give a deep reading to some of the best contemporary narrative poets, including Joe Weil, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Denise Duhamel, and Sharon Olds, but the essay looks at the history of that mode of poetry, going back to Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath, and Anne Sexton, viewing their work as a reaction against Eliot, Williams, Pound and other Modernists who often fractured narrative.

This essay gives a good reading and deep understanding to the last several decades of American poetry. Check it out.

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About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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