Pattiann Rogers Analysis

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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Pattiann Rogers is best known for her poetry. In The Dream of the Marsh Wren: Writing as Reciprocal Creation (1999), a work of prose studded with poetry, Rogers describes the aims of her most admired verse and suggests how and why she writes. The book was published by Milkweed Editions as part of its Credo series, which explores the techniques, interests, and goals of contemporary American writers whose work focuses on natural history and the idea of place.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Pattiann Rogers has received many awards and honors, including two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest in 1981, and Lannan Literary Awards for Poetry in 1991 and 2005. Firekeeper was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize offered by the Academy of American Poets for the most outstanding poetry collection published in the United States in 1994 and received the Natalie Ornish Poetry Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. Song of the World Becoming, which contains all her previously published collections and includes forty new poems, was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Individual poems have been awarded the Bess Hokin Prize (1982) and the Frederick Bock Prize (1998) from Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize from Poetry Northwest (1981), five Pushcart Prizes, and publication in The Best American Poetry of 1996, as well as in Best Spiritual Writing in 1999, 2000, and 2001. In 2004, she served as a judge for the National Poetry Series. She was also awarded a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Bryan, Sharon, ed. Where We Stand: Women Poets on Literary Tradition. New York: W. W. Norton, 1993. This is a collection of essays on tradition in poetry, with such well-known poets as Joy Harjo, Madeline DeFrees, Alicia Ostriker, and Rogers contributing.

Grider, Sylvia Ann, and Lou Halsell Rodenberger, eds. Texas Women Writers: A Tradition of Their Own. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1997. Contains an essay that places the poets Rogers, Betsy Feagan Colquitt, and Naomi Shihab Nye squarely in the region of Texas, yet finds vast differences among them.

Kutchins, Laura. Review of Wayfare. Orion 26, no. 7 (November/December, 2008): 77. This review praises Wayfare, finding it a work of “yearning and fulfillment, of folding and unfolding, of peering and pressing.”

Rogers, Pattiann. “Breaking Old Forms: A Conversation.” Interview by Gordon Johnston. Georgia Review 62, no. 1 (Spring, 2008): 154. Johnston interviews Rogers about Generations and its critical response, as the book was judged to be different from her earlier works. The same issue carries her poem “At Work.”

_______. “The Poetry World of Pattiann Rogers.” The official Web site of Rogers provides a biography, information on events and readings, information on her works, and links to other sites of interest.

Seaman, Donna. Review of Generations. Booklist 100, nos. 19/20 (June 1-15, 2004): 1688. Seaman calls Rogers’s poetry “ravishingly lyrical and imaginative” in its blend of science and the spiritual.