Expansive Poetry is a movement in American poetry that began in the 1980s. It is an umbrella term coined by Wade Newman for the movements of New Formalism and New Narrative, and the term is controversial even among many of the writers it purports to describe. Although more New Formalism and New Narrative poets have gained prominence in recent years, as evidenced by the number of books and anthologies they have published and the rapid expansion of the West Chester University Poetry Conference, the term "Expansive Poetry" is increasingly rarely used.

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"Expansive Poetry is a narrative, dramatic and sometimes lyric poetry of the late 20th Century that conveys significant non-Confessional observations, thoughts and feelings about the world outside the Self and about the Self’s various relationships with this outer world. In carrying such content, it generally uses traditional rhyme and meter — sometimes loosened or roughened — incorporating natural speech patterns."[1]

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  • Gwynn, R.S. (April 15, 1999) (Rev Sub ed.). Story Line Press. ISBN 978-1-885266-69-9. 
  • Feirstein, Frederick (October 1989). Expansive Poetry. Story Line Press. ISBN 978-0-934257-27-5. 
  • Walzer, Kevin (November 1, 1998). The Ghost of Tradition: Expansive Poetry and Postmodernism (First U.S. Edition ed.). Story Line Press. ISBN 978-1-885266-66-8. 
  • Finch, Annie (May 1994). Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women. Story Line Press. ISBN 978-0-934257-98-5. 

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  1. Dick Allen b. 1939, Poetry Foundation, Web, June 27, 2012.

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