Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Mary Jo Bang, who came to poetry relatively late in life, has been remarkably prodigious, completing five volumes since the start of the new millennium. Her works of poetry largely define her reputation. Because of her background in teaching and because she regards the explication of poetry as a prime responsibility of practicing poets, she has given numerous interviews in which she discusses the creative process as well as her theories of poetry. Bang has written numerous book reviews and essays, work that inevitably sheds light on her own poetry. Given her extensive theoretical work on the music and rhythms of language, Bang is an adept translator, focusing on the works of Dante.