In an age of memoir, the distinction between fiction and nonfiction has become increasingly blurred, sparking controversy among writers and readers alike. But what about the autobiographical impulse in poetry? In this groundbreaking collection, some of our best contemporary poets contemplate the legacy of the confessional poets such as Plath, Sexton, and Lowell. They also tackle such fiery topics as the nature of authorial responsibility in telling the truth, the focus on issues of self in relation to others and to the natural world, the very essence of craft as transformation, and the role female poets have played in breaking the code of silence.
Rich in opinion and theory, After Confession offers the first thorough discussion on the lyric "I"--the boundaries between literal and emotional truth, memory and imagination, person and persona, narcissism and revelation.
Contributors: Joan Aleshire, Frank Bidart, Kimberly Blaeser, Joseph Bruchac, Marilyn Chin, Billy Collins, Stephen Dunn, Annie Finch, Carol Frost, Brendan Galvin, Pamela Gemin, Louise Glück, David Graham, Kimiko Hahn, Judith Harris, Andrew Hudgins, Colette Inez, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ted Kooser, Sydney Lea, William Matthews, Thylias Moss, Carol Muske-Dukes, Sharon Olds, Alicia Ostriker, Stanley Plumly, Claudia Rankine, Adrienne Rich, Kate Sontag, and Alan Williamson.