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How Poets See the WorldThe Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry$
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Willard Spiegelman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332926.001.0001

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Jorie Graham's “New Way of Looking”

Jorie Graham's “New Way of Looking”

(p.173) Seven Jorie Graham's “New Way of Looking”
How Poets See the World

Willard Spiegelman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Jorie Graham and analyses a number of her poems in which description is a central element. Graham began her career as a poet who wanted to look through, at, and toward, and occasionally she used her looking as the means of reaching an ending, of coming upon moral certitude. Looking at something, especially within a frame or from the protective backing of a frame (a speaker gazing outside through a window), is a standard procedure in Graham's poetry and is often complemented by an insistence on “being looked at” or being seen.

Keywords:   Jorie Graham, description, looking

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