Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-217) and index.
The way things look each day : how poets see the world -- Just looking : Charles Tomlinson and the "labour of observation" -- What to make of an augmented thing : Amy Clampitt's syntactic dramas -- Charles Wright and "the metaphysics of the quotidian" -- A space for boundless revery : varieties of ekphrastic experience -- John Ashbery's haunted landscapes -- Jorie Graham's "new way of looking."
"Although readers of prose fiction sometimes find descriptive passages superfluous or boring, description itself is often the most important aspect of a poem. This book examines how a variety of contemporary poets use description in their work."--Jacket.