Poetry gives form to our feelings and helps us come to terms with them – facing a personal crisis, a poem can be the beginning of healing.
In Forms of Feeling: Poetry in Our Lives, John Morgan investigates the role of poetry in the contemporary world, including where poems come from, the audience for poetry, and the ways in which poetry can offer a spiritual path in a secular time. He also discusses a variety of approaches to writing poems, and spells out the importance of place in a poet’s work, focusing on his experiences in moving from New York to Alaska. At the same time, the book explores one poet’s development from a raw beginner to a widely-recognised teacher and practitioner of the craft.
John Morgan was born in New York City, and studied with Robert Lowell at Harvard. He has published four books of poetry, most recently Spear-Fishing on the Chatanika: New & Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2010), as well as four chapbooks. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, the American Poetry Review and the Paris Review.