Book Description: Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the Worldâ€™s Best Poems is destined to become a landmark. In it, Americaâ€™s premier intellectual provocateur explores and celebrates a series of great poems of the Western tradition, including some surprising discoveries of her own. She brings new energy and insight to our understanding of poems we already know, such as masterpieces by Shakespeare, Donne, Shelley, Dickinson, Lowell, and Plath. She leads us to appreciate the artistry of writers with whom we may not be familiar, such as Chuck Wachtel and Wanda Coleman. And she hails the songwriter Joni Mitchell as a major contemporary poet.Daring, erudite, entertaining, and infused throughout with Pagliaâ€™s inimitable style and passion, this beautifully written bookâ€“â€“and the dazzling mind behind itâ€“â€“will entice readers to begin or renew a passionate engagement with poetry.