The Third Voice – Notes on the Art of Poetic Collaboration

The Third Voice – Notes on the Art of Poetic Collaboration

THE THIRD VOICE

In The Third Voice, poet Eric Greinke memorializes and analyzes his collaborations with five accomplished poets (Harry Smith, John Elsberg, Hugh Fox, Glenna Luschei and Alison Stone) over a twelve year period. From each of the collaborations, a “third voice” emerged that represented the shared persona of the poet-participants. In Chapter One, Greinke examines several major factors that influence the formation of a collaborative third voice in poetry and his early experiences of collaboration.  Chapter Two examines parallel dialogical collaboration, a form where poets write whole poems independently but in specific response to each other’s poems.  Chapter Three is about an evolving collaboration which began in parallel form and developed into three increasingly more integrated collaborative projects. Chapter Four describes his intensely emotional collaboration with a fellow poet with terminal cancer. Chapters Five and Six recall his two cross-gender and generational collaborations. In Chapter Seven, Greinke identifies ten dimensions of collaborative personae, including tense and persona, interpersonal, regional, gender and generational diversity, play, and compatibility factors.  Includes numerous examples of collaborative poems throughout the text.  In The Third Voice, Greinke writes from both head and heart while making his case for the expansion of a poet’s style through collaboration.

(Presa Press, 2017, 84 pages, ISBN 978-0-9965026-6-5, Trade Paperback, $13.95 USA)

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