"Burning Interiors": David Shapiro's Poetry and Poetics
Edited by Thomas Fink and Joseph Lease

About the Editors:
Thomas Fink is Professor of English at City University of New York-LaGuardia.

Joseph Lease is Associate Professor of Writing and Literature and Chair of the MFA Program in Writing at California College of the Arts.

David Shapiro situates his work at the interstices between and among modes and traditions. Possessing a singular musical gift, Shapiro problematizes self and culture and challenges conventional notions of fixed and commodified identity in poetry that discovers and resists meaning. The material collected in “Burning Interiors” illuminates a useful range of Shapiro’s major texts through diverse critical approaches and elucidates vital questions that Shapiro addresses about poetry’s nature and cultural contexts in original, candid, philosophical, visionary, witty poems.


List of Abbreviations

Thomas Fink and Joseph Lease

The Copy and the Model: David Shapiro’s After a Lost Original
Paul Hoover

Architect/House of Being
Judith Halden-Sullivan

“Not a Bridge”: Dialogue and Disjunction as Didacticism in the Later Poetry of David Shapiro
Joanna Fuhrman

David Shapiro: New Jersey as Trope
Carole Stone

David Shapiro and Jasper Johns: Ego in the Egoless Pie
Stephen Paul Miller

Shapiro’s Comedic Poetics and Its Limits in Harrisburg Mon Amour, or Two Boys on a Bus
Daniel Morris

Plays Well With Others: The Collaborative Poetry of David Shapiro
Denise Duhamel

Written and Rewritten to Order: The Gift of Generative Possibility in the Work of David Shapiro
Noah Eli Gordon

Shapiro’s “A Man Holding an Acoustic Panel”
Ron Sillman

Uncanny Narrative in Shapiro’s A Burning Interior
Thomas Fink

Distorted Figures: Mannerist Similes and the Body in David Shapiro’s Poetry
Tim Peterson

“For Dust Thou Art” (for David Shapiro)
Timothy Liu

House Blown Apart
Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe

Afterword: The Night Sky and to David Shapiro
Joseph Lease

Works Cited
Notes on Contributors

ISBN 978-0-8386-4155-2, $43.50

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