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Andrei Codrescu's new book is a small comic masterpiece. It is so funny that I laughed out loud. The Poetry Lesson is a delightful read-but also a disturbing portrait of academe today.

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The Poetry Lesson is a lucid yet playful book, that slips between memoir and fiction, jaunty anecdote and pure tangent, as it describes the first lesson of an ‘Introduction to Poetry Writing’ course, in the last year of its teacher’s institutional career. This subject allows Andrei Codrescu to take. The Poetry Lesson by Andrei Codrescu. 14 March 2011 ·. This interview was taped at The Getty in Los Angeles when Andrei gave a lecture on The Poetry Lesson by Andrei Codrescu: press.

The Poetry Lesson book. Neither a novel nor a memoir but mimicking aspects of each, The Poetry Lesson is pure Andrei Codrescu: irreverent, unconventional, brilliant, and always funny. Codrescu takes readers into the strange classroom and even stranger mind of a poet and English professor on the eve of retirement as he begins to teach his final semester of Intro to Poetry Writing.

Intro to Poetry Writing is always like this: a long labor, a breech birth, or, obversely, mining in the dark

Intro to Poetry Writing is always like this: a long labor, a breech birth, or, obversely, mining in the dark. You take healthy young Americans used to sunshine (aided sometimes by Xanax and Adderall), you blindfold them and lead them by the hand into a labyrinth made from bones. Then you tell them their assignment: 'Find the Grail.

Andrei Codrescu lives and writes at the edge of his imagination. The genius of any poetry is fragile because it does not reside in any of its analytically identifiable components. He is a poet of hope and political defiance, of exaltation and exuberance. This collection of Lucian Blaga's poetry includes all his work before he was silenced by postwar censorship. In Praise of Sleep: Selected Poems of Lucian Blaga, Translated Andrei Codrescu. Commonwealth Books/Black Widow June 2019.

The Poetry Lesson is a novel of ends and beginnings. A beginning in that it takes the form of the first day of an Introduction to Poetry Writing course taught at Louisiana State University by Andrei Codrescu (it is a novel in the form of a memoir) and an ending because it is Codrescu’s last year of teaching. The biographical details do match Codrescu’s own life.

The Poetry Lesson - Andrei Codrescu. 1. THE DAY THE UNIVERSITY TESTED ITS TEXT-MESSAGE ALERT to every cell phone on campus, I assigned epitaphs to my Introduction to Poetry Writing class. Every morning when you get up, write an epitaph! I watched them scribble something. That’s good, I encouraged them, start right away!, though I knew that what they were scribbling were not epitaphs, but every morning when you get up write an ep. pip. p. nd while you’re at it, turn off your cell phones!

"Intro to Poetry Writing is always like this: a long labor, a breech birth, or, obversely, mining in the dark. You take healthy young Americans used to sunshine (aided sometimes by Xanax and Adderall), you blindfold them and lead them by the hand into a labyrinth made from bones. Then you tell them their assignment: 'Find the Grail. You have a New York minute to get it.'"--The Poetry Lesson

The Poetry Lesson is a hilarious account of the first day of a creative writing course taught by a "typical fin-de-siècle salaried beatnik"--one with an antic imagination, an outsized personality and libido, and an endless store of entertaining literary anecdotes, reliable or otherwise. Neither a novel nor a memoir but mimicking aspects of each, The Poetry Lesson is pure Andrei Codrescu: irreverent, unconventional, brilliant, and always funny. Codrescu takes readers into the strange classroom and even stranger mind of a poet and English professor on the eve of retirement as he begins to teach his final semester of Intro to Poetry Writing. As he introduces his students to THE TOOLS OF POETRY (a list that includes a goatskin dream notebook, hypnosis, and cable TV) and THE TEN MUSES OF POETRY (mishearing, misunderstanding, mistranslating . . . ), and assigns each of them a tutelary "Ghost-Companion" poet, the teacher recalls wild tales from his coming of age as a poet in the 1960s and 1970s, even as he speculates about the lives and poetic and sexual potential of his twenty-first-century students. From arguing that Allen Ginsberg wasn't actually gay to telling about the time William Burroughs's funeral procession stopped at McDonald's, The Poetry Lesson is a thoroughly entertaining portrait of an inimitable poet, teacher, and storyteller.


Comments: (7)

Rit
I like the long review you are using...Codrescu seemed to search for that poet-teacher who might inspire, support and draw out and match each student's personality .. Since reading this book, I keep wondering which poet he might choose for me,... hoping he might choose Rumi, Mary Oliver? or Whitman? for me to read...but would he? he seemed to search for that right pairing of minds. This made it a deeply involving experience for me. He tends poetry with his passion.
Iphonedivorced
Good deal. Thank you.
Voodoozragore
An interesting look into the subject of poetry from an experienced 20th century poet. Much to learn in The Poetry Lesson ;0)
Eyalanev
Thanks!
Raniconne
I've enjoyed this authors essays on NPR for years. I was looking forward to a good read. Instead, what I found was a arrogant, narcissistic rant. It reminded me of a freshman English class, taught by an assistant professor who
confused his own with Steinbeck. Sometimes, an author handles success poorly. Clearly, this is the case with The Poetry Lesson. I hope Mr. Codrescu will find his way back to the clever, insightful writing that he has shown in the past.
YSOP
What a wonderful concept: a retiring professor takes us through the first day of the last semester he will be teaching. The professor just might be Codrescu, probably embellished but who knows? What shines through is his wide ranging knowledge, his love of poetry, and his love and sympathy for his students. Did he really express all these super well-connected thought and bits of knowledge? Who knows but it doesn't matter. Codrescu is hilarious and at the same time shows us why poetry can still matter in this hurried-up, computer everything, facebook-everything new world of students. The way he riffs on past experiences and abstruse knowledge is nothing less than brilliant.

Why might this book be expensive? Because, if you are to take poetry seriously, according to his list of the Ten Rules of Poetry (not to be confused with his list of the Ten Muses of Poetry), you should run out and get, among other things a goatskin notebook (for writing down dreams) and a Mont Blanc fountain pen. Sure this is funny and the cost is beyond what most college students can pay, but the real message here is that a) you, yes you, can become a poet if you aspire to that and b) if you do, you must honor the craft and use the best tools possible.

The only problem with this book is its brevity. He doesn't tell us, "what happens next" during the semester. All we know is that we would love to be there in that place (New Orleans) in that class, with that teacher for the whole semester and then some. Is this a send up of academia, as some of the publisher's reviews suggest? Yes, in many places. But also it might just be a peek at what a wondrous course from Codrescu--on anything--might be like.

Get the book, invest in the goatskin notebook, and consider buying the Mt. Blanc fountain pen. Would a Mt. Blanc rollerball do? Maybe but Codrescu seems to be a bit of a stickler. Oh yes, and assign yourself a Ghost Companion, a poet to consult not just on poetry issues but on all issues of life. Must the poet be dead? No! Here Codrescu is a bit relaxed. Dead or Alive. Good luck on the final exam!
Monam
People who love Codrescu love him for different reasons: some love his poetry, some love his short, punchy radio pieces, some just love his warm voice and Romanian accent -- which, an old friend of his tells me, gets thicker every year. Me, I love it when he talks about literature, mostly because he does this in a way so different from academic literary criticism (full disclosure: I write a lot of academic literary criticism). My favorite Codrescu books -- The Disappearance of the Outside, The Posthuman Dada Guide -- weave observations about literature together with reminiscences about authors, odd little historical anecdotes, and Codrescu's own imaginative flights of fancy. The Poetry Lesson is a book in this mode: it begins as a rendition of Codrescu teaching a poetry seminar, assigning each of his students a poet to be their "ghost companion" (a poet, living or dead, to read, argue with, and turn to in crisis). This opening serves as a springboard from which Codrescu launches into memories of meeting Aimé Césaire, or of nearly getting smashed with a baseball bat in the apartment of a friend from the old Lower East Side poetry scene, or into a quick history of the French Empress Josephine as a revolutionary party girl. For me, the charm of all this comes from how seamlessly art and life integrate. It's clear that poetry isn't simply an academic subject for Codrescu, confined to the classroom and the anthology: it's a way of living in the world. The professor in me always tut-tuts a little at the factual errors that crop up here and there (it's "Alfred, Lord Tennyson," not "Sir Alfred Tennyson," dammit!) but this is just me being petty. Codrescu makes for a great ghost-companion to poetry.
The Poetry Lesson download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Andrei Codrescu
ISBN: 0691147248
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st edition (September 5, 2010)
Pages: 128 pages