Table of Contents for Ambition and Survival : Becoming a Poet


Preface ix
I
On Being Nowhere
5
Milton in Guatemala
10
Filthy Lucre
24
A Mile from Hell
32
The Limit
46
II
A Piece of Prose
61
Finishes: On Ambition and Survival
75
An Idea of Order
94
Fourteen Fragments in Lieu of a Review
108
Poetry in a Visual Culture
115
In Praise of Rareness
121
In the Flux That Abolishes Me
126
III
Fugitive Pieces (I)
131
Fugitive Pieces (II)
145
Notes on Poetry and Religion
160
IV
The Druid Stone: Thomas Hardy
169
A New Mode of Damnation?: Hart Crane
177
Pure Honey, Pure Gall: Edna St. Vincent Millay
188
Eight Takes
197
So Fierce and Sweet the Song: George Mackay Brown
217
The Created and the Made: Janet Lewis and the Uses of Convention
222
Free of Our Humbug: Basil Bunting
228
V
Love Bade Me Welcome
239
Notes 247
About the Author 249