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UI Press book takes new look at Wallace Stevens' poetry

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A new literary study from the University of Iowa Press is re-evaluating the relationship between human imagination and nature in the work of acclaimed American poet Wallace Stevens.

"Notations of the Wild: Ecology in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens" by Gyorgyi Voros explores Stevens' place in 20th-century poetry, arguing that Stevens' attempt to find an imaginative balance between human beings and the nonhuman world has much in common with modern ecology.

Voros argues that Stevens was profoundly influenced by a six-week hunting trip to the wilderness of British Columbia that the poet took as a 24-year-old in 1903. The adventure deeply affected Stevens' conceptions of language and silence, his symbolic geography, and his sensibilities toward wild nature.

The expedition prompted Stevens to reject a narrow humanism in favor of a vision that in today's terms would be considered ecological, Voros says.

Gyorgyi Voros teaches in the department of English at Virginia Tech.

"Notations of the Wild: Ecology in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens" is available at bookstores nationwide for $28.95 clothbound. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3807 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).

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