Katherine Anne Porter's Poetry
Interspersed with photographs of Porter, the volume includes a substantial critical and biographical essay in which Unrue explains the significance of the poems and describes the relationship between Porter's poetry and fiction.
Porter's pleasant, original lyrics and translations serve as an index to the stages of her intellectual development and, in some cases, an intermediate phase in her creative process. According to Unrue, the value of the poems lies in their service as emblems for the crucial experiences of Porter's life and for the subjects, forms, themes, images, and symbols of her exquisitely wrought fiction.
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"What a treasure this book is, and what a surprise it will be to most readers: But no surprise to those of us who knew Katherine Anne Porter and were familiar with her passion for poetry and her predilection for the lyric. Unrue has done a superb job of presenting the poems, more than half of them unpublished, and positioning them with reference to the stories, but she makes too modest a claim for their enduring value. They have a lyric strength and freshness that is extremely rare, and Katherine Anne Porter's French Song-Book, which is reprinted in its entirety, is a little masterpiece of translation."—William Jay Smith
"This definitive edition of the poems, with Unrue's scholarly notes and incisive critical commentary, is also an invaluable resource for all future study of Porter's prose fiction."—John Edward Hardy
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