The Power of Less

Essays on Poetry & Public Speech

by Sam Hazo ’49 (Marquette University Press)


The author investigates the visionary nature of poems, their ability to “startle us into the present and keep us there as long as we are in their grip.” Each essay in the book deals with an aspect of that visionary nature—from, Hazo writes," its awe-inspiring impact" to “its capability of inspiring poets to spring the locks of falsifying or stultifying forms of expression in order to say what they feel and see as they actually felt and saw it.”

The author is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

(February 2006)