Margaretta Matilda Odell's 1834 Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley is the only substantive early source on Wheatley's life. Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784) is considered the first African American poet to write for a transatlantic audience, and her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773) kindled debates about race. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Summers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/yurt/000496/bk_yurt_000496_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
'The Body of Poetry' collects essays, reviews, and memoir by Annie Finch, one of the brightest poet-critics of her generation. Finch's germinal work on the art of verse has earned her the admiration of a wide range of poets, from new formalists to hip-hop writers. And her ongoing commitment to women's poetry has brought Finch a substantial following as a 'postmodern poetess' whose critical writing embraces the past while establishing bold new traditions. 'The Body of Poetry' includes essays on metrical diversity, poetry and music, the place of women poets in the canon, and on poets Emily Dickinson, Phillis Wheatley, Sara Teasdale, Audre Lorde, Marilyn Hacker, and John Peck, among other topics. In Annie Finch's own words, these essays were all written with one aim: 'to build a safe space for my own poetry. . . . (I)n the attempt, they will also have helped to nourish a new kind of American poetics, one that will prove increasingly open to poetry's heart.'