A thrillingly originalÂ exploration ofÂ a life lived under poetryâ€™s uniquely seductive spellâ€śOh! there are spirits of the air,â€ť wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane channels the spirits and voices that make up the music in one poetâ€™s mind. Weaving criticism and memoir, My Poets explores a life reading and a life read. McLane invokes in My Poets not necessarily the best poets, nor the most important poets (whoever these might be), but those writers who, in possessing her, made her. â€śI am marking here what most marked me,â€ť she writes. Ranging from Chaucer to H.D. to William Carlos Williams to Louise GlĂĽck to Shelley (among others), McLane tracks the â€śgrowth of a poetâ€™s mind,â€ť as Wordsworth put it in The Prelude. In a poetical prose both probing and incantatory, McLane has written a radical book of experimental criticism. Susan Sontag called for an â€śerotics of interpretationâ€ť: this is it. Part Bildung, part dithyramb, part exegesis, My Poets extends an implicit invitation to you, dear reader, to consider who your â€śmy poets,â€ť or â€śmy novelists,â€ť or â€śmy filmmakers,â€ť or â€śmy pop stars,â€ť might be.