100 Essential Modern Poems by Women

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Like the widely praised 100 Essential Modern Poems, this lively, up-to-date guide to modern poetry is filled with wisdom and insights that will delight, engage, and inspire readers of all ages and interests. This bountiful collection presents memorable poems written in the English language over the past 150 years--masterworks and new classics by great authors from Emily Dickinson to Rita Dove, Marianne Moore and Edna St. Vincent Millay to Maxine Kumin and Mary Oliver, Sylvia Plath and Linda Pastan to Kay Ryan and...
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Overview

Like the widely praised 100 Essential Modern Poems, this lively, up-to-date guide to modern poetry is filled with wisdom and insights that will delight, engage, and inspire readers of all ages and interests. This bountiful collection presents memorable poems written in the English language over the past 150 years--masterworks and new classics by great authors from Emily Dickinson to Rita Dove, Marianne Moore and Edna St. Vincent Millay to Maxine Kumin and Mary Oliver, Sylvia Plath and Linda Pastan to Kay Ryan and Marge Piercy--that offer compelling perspectives on timeless topics of love, marriage, family, friendship, nature, faith and hope, courage and endurance, and life as lived intensely and to the full. Brief biographies introduce each poet and her work.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Magazine
From Gwendolyn Brooks’ rhythmic reflections on Chicago’s South Side to Linda Pastan’s direct musings on a high-school reunion, you’re bound to find a bit of yourself between the lines—we did.
Review Of Higher Education
The anthology combines masterworks by a wide range of fascinating authors.…They address timeless topics of love, family, friendship, war, nature, self-determination, and life in the modern world.
Billy Collins
The fifty women whose work is represented here form a mighty and complex chain of voices extending from the anchor of Emily Dickinson to the thrum of the contemporary. This is a smart, handy anthology, essential, indeed, to anyone's library. And it's no surprise that these poets seem to be getting along just fine without the usual male suspects shouldering against them on the page.
Adam Kirsch
What makes the poets in this book so remarkable is not their gender but their genius. From the metaphysical shocks of Emily Dickinson to the bleak wit of Dorothy Parker to the wise meditations of Jane Kenyon, 100 Essential Modern Poems by Women contains poem after poem that no lover of modern poetry would want to live without.
Brooke Allen
The editors have made a fine selection, with illuminating notes and background material. This volume is a pleasure to read and to own.
The Hudson Review - Paula Deitz
Through his illuminating and informative literary biographies and astute selection of poems, the distinguished editor and critic Joseph Parisi has encapsulated a literary age in a manner worthy of Dr. Johnson.
Booklist - Donna Seaman
Unusually useful and pleasurable volume...covers a gratifying stretch of literary and social terrain.
The Hudson Review
Through his illuminating and informative literary biographies and astute selection of poems, the distinguished editor and critic Joseph Parisi has encapsulated a literary age in a manner worthy of Dr. Johnson.
— Paula Deitz
Booklist
Unusually useful and pleasurable volume...covers a gratifying stretch of literary and social terrain.
— Donna Seaman
Today's Chicago Woman
Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in lavish language and brilliant verse, but haven't a clue where to start? Whether it's your first time delving into poetic masterpieces or if you're familiar with the greats included in the collection, this book is for you.
Washington Post
The anthology combines masterworks by a wide range of fascinating authors.…They address timeless topics of love, family, friendship, war, nature, self-determination, and life in the modern world.
Booklist
Unusually useful and pleasurable volume...covers a gratifying stretch of literary and social terrain.
—Donna Seaman
EDIS Bulletin
Exhibiting a range of writing styles and addressing a range of topics from relationships with family, community, and nature to larger philosophical and cultural issues, the poems are not for 'women only.' ... The poems ... are modern, meaningful, and memorable.
Austin American-Statesman
Joseph Parisi's 100 Essential Modern Poems by Women fulfills most fully the traditional function of the anthology.
—Carrie Fountain
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637411
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 4/25/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Parisi is the former editor of Poetry magazine. His other books include 100 Essential Modern Poems and, with Stephen Young, The Poetry Anthology, 1912-2002, and a two-volume history of Poetry magazine in letters, Dear Editor and Between the Lines. Kathleen Welton is a thirty-year veteran of the publishing industry and is a member of the Academy of American Poets and the Poetry Society of America. Born in Santa Monica, California, she studied at Stanford University. She is the editor of Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin. She has served as Director of Book Publishing for the American Bar Association as well as Publisher for IDG Books and Dearborn Trade. She lives in Chicago.
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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    I'm glad I purchased this anthology . . .

    The editors did a nice job of selecting the poems, considering the mountain of poems they had to choose from, and there are 2-3 pages of information on each poet. I became interested in a couple poets that I hadn't read before and more familiar with those I have read. I don't like the book cover much but who cares.

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