In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare
edited by David Starkey and Paul J. Willis
University of Iowa Press, 2005
Cloth: 978-0-87745-939-2 | Paper: 978-0-87745-940-8
Library of Congress Classification PR2926.I5 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6080351
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Showcasing poems by more than ninety contemporary American poets, In a Fine Frenzyreveals what Shakespeare’s poetic children have made of their inheritance. Particularly interested in Viola, Miranda, Prospero, Desdemona, Iago, Lear, Cordelia, Hamlet, Horatio, and Ophelia, the poets respond to the sonnets, the comedies, the tragedies, the romances, and, to a lesser degree, Shakespeare the man. In so doing they reveal the aspects of his work most currently captivating to modern writers.
Those who cherish Shakespeare’s mercurial wit will delight in the rapid shifts, from grief to hilarity, so characteristic of the bard himself. Comic poems about tragedies follow decidedly somber poems about comedies. Single poems contain multiple emotional twists and turns. Some pay homage; most interact directly with the original Shakespearean text. Collectively, they corroborate Ben Jonson's assertion that Shakespeare is “not of an age, but for all time.”
"David Starkey and Paul Willis's idea of putting together a collection of poems responding to the works of Shakespeare is inspired. No book could better measure the impact of Shakespeare's vital connection with our contemporary world of poetry. This is the ultimate tribute, that he lives in the words and images of Peter Cooley, Jim Applewhite, Susan Terris, Jeanne Murray Walker, and so many more. Shakespeare has no biological descendants today. These are his children now."--David Bevington, Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, University of Chicago
Prologue: Shakespeare's Wages, Marvin Bell 7 PART I: The Sonnets Symmetron: You and Brother Will, Zach Rogow ii from Shaken, Ellen McGrath Smith 12 Making a Love Poem, Leonard Nathan I5 Shall I Compare Thee ... ? Anthony Lombardy 16 Goodsonnet,J. D. Smith 17 Ragged Sonnet: When in a Deep Depression, Leonard Nathan 18 Ragged Sonnet: So Shall I Live, Leonard Nathan 19 To Love That Well, Janice Townley Moore 20 Dim Lady, Harryette Mullen 21 My Poetess' Eyes, Katherine Cottle 22 The Mall, William John Watkins 23 Shakespearean Sonnet, R. S. Gwynn 24 Interlude: My Students, Ron Koertge 25 PART II: The Comedies Songs for the Seasons: A Distant Collaboration, Michael B. Stillman 29 Midsummer's Eve, Deborah Leiter 32 Bottom's Dream, Leon Stokesbury 33 What Bottom Said When He Came Home, Eva Hooker 35 Portia, Kathleen Kirk 37 Shylock,J. B. Mulligan 39 Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind, Peter Meinke 40 Seven Ages of Man, J. D. Smith 42 Jaques Lured by Audrey, Leon Stokesbury 43 The Good Duke Speaks, Gilbert Allen 44 Feste and the Fence Post, Daniel Williams 46 The Catch, Sandy Feinstein 47 Viola, to Olivia, Mary Makofske 48 Viola Recalls, Chris Terrio 49 Hungry as the Sea, Melanie Kenny 50 Interlude: Shakespeare as a Waiter, BJ Ward 51 PART II: The Tragedies (and Histories) Lavinia, Kathleen Kirk 55 The Two Princes, Michael B. Stillman 56 The Exhaled, Katherine Swiggart 58 On First Reading Romeo and Juliet, Diane Lockward 60 Teaching Shakespeare, Tania Runyan 61 The Film Version, Barry Spacks 62 Komeo & Juliet, Sherod Santos 63 Act One, Danusha Lameris de Garza 64 Romeo Is Dead, H. Palmer Hall 65 Falstaff's Dream, Jackson Wheeler 67 Daily Grind, BJ Ward 68 Reading Othello and Watching a Girl Skip Rope, Jennifer Hill Kaucher 69 I Took by the Throat the Circumcised Dog, Chad Davidson 70 Literature ioo, Carmen Germain 71 lago, Arthur Powers 72 lago, the Poet, J. P. Dancing Bear 73 lago to His Torturers, R. S. Gwynn 74 lago,Julian Bernick 75 Interlude, Rachel Beck 76 Epilogue for Emilia, Rachel Beck 77 Maybe Desdemona, Dan Johnson 78 How Mother Courage Saves Desdemona, Jeanne Murray Walker 79 Owls at the Shakespeare Festival, William Stafford 81 Understanding King Lear, Stephen Corey 82 Three Songs for King Leir, Ann Lauinger 83 The Ordeal of Love, Joan Raymund 85 Speak Again, Brian Staveley 86 When Everything Is Goneril, Lee Patton 87 For Gloucester on Being Newly Blind, Michelle LaBarre 88 Lear Expands His Last Words to Cordelia, Sheryl Cornett 89 Lear Drives His Rambler across Laurel Mountain, Charles Clifton 90 Ottava Rima: Lear, Cecilia Woloch 92 Stormy Lear, Ken Pobo 93 Lines on Retirement, after Reading Lear, David Wright 94 The Role of a Lifetime, Floyd Skloot 95 Lady Macbeth, Afterward, Edwin Romond 96 The Ditch, Lee Upton 97 Mark Antony's Valentine, Steven Marx 98 Cleopatra, Adrianne Marcus 99 Interlude: As If, Jim Peterson ior PART IV: Hamlet On the Mississippi, James Applewhite os5 Noreen, Peter Meinke io6 Diapers for My Father, Alice Friman 107 Tendered, Sandy Feinstein io8 Sounds of the Resurrected Dead Man's Footsteps (#i), Marvin Bell Iog For Hamlet, Peter Cooley no Helsinore, Denmark, Maurya Simon mi Cancer Diagnosis, Marjorie Maddox 12 Reynaldo in Paris, Leon Stokesbury 114 Horatios Philosophy, R. S. Gwynn uI5 Horatio, Nan Cohen 117 The First Player's Monologue, Richard Hedderman 119 Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, David Oliveira 121 Nothing in Art,J. Kates 122 Queen Gertrude's Soliloquy, Gail White 123 Gertrude to Hamlet, Lee Upton 124 Hambone Two Tongue, D. C. Berry 125 Hamlet Meets Frankenstein, Kevin Griffith 126 This Is What Happens When You Let Hamlet Play Quarterback, Jack Conway 127 Hamlet at the Paris Aerobleu, Ryan G. Van Cleave 128 Hamlet to Ophelia, Peter Cummings 129 Not Ophelia, Allison Joseph 130 Ophelia Writes Home, William Greenway 131 Ophelia in Utah, Kathleen Lynch 132 Ophelia Speaks, Tracy S. Youngblom 133 Ophelia, Richard Hedderman 134 Ophelias Rant before She's Heavy with Drink, Leilani Hall 135 Delacroix's Version, Kirsten Dierking 136 Ophelia on a Graveled Garden Walk in Purgatory, Ryan G. Van Cleave 137 Ophelia, Susan Terris 138 Snowdrops and Summer Snowflakes, Drooping, Reginald Shepherd 139 Ophelia, in Winter, Judith H. Montgomery 140 Ophelia, Alice Friman 141 As Birds in Rain, Kirsten Kaschock 143 Running Loose around the Castle, Lee McCarthy 144 The Failure of Language, Elon G. Eidenier I45 Ophelia, Michael B. Stillman 146 Interlude: Shakespeare's Eyebrows, Sylvia Adams 147 PART V: The Romances Reading Pericles in New London, Alfred Corn s15 Pericles, Prince of Tyre: A Commentary, Reginald Shepherd I53 Fear No More, David Case 157 Perdita's Song, Annie Finch 158 Exit, Pursued by a Bear, Kathleen Kirk is5 At The Tempest with a Pregnant Wife, Charles Harper Webb 16o The Tempest, Stephen Corey 162 Prospero, Michael B. Stillman 163 Caliban, J. P. Dancing Bear 165 A Heart-Shaped Island,J. P. Dancing Bear 166 Miranda, Kathleen Kirk 167 Ariel, Eva Hooker 168