Make Us Wave Back

University of Michigan Press, 2007

National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Michael Collier explores the influences that have made him one of the most distinguished poets of his generation. Make Us Wave Back includes essays on an expansive list of subjects, among them the literary correspondence of William Maxwell; the meaning of the author's own role as poet laureate of the state of Maryland; the journals of Louise Bogan and how they reveal Bogan's struggle with her own personal fears as well as the reconstruction of herself as a writer; and many more.