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All Shook Up: Collected Poems about Elvis

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This anthology of poems about Elvis invites readers to experience the connection between the historical and mythical status of The King, on the one hand, and the poetic imagery of him on the other. All Shook Up! combines history and myth and art—in the words of some of our most well–known poets and in the elegant and revealing photographs of Jon Hughes.
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Overview


This anthology of poems about Elvis invites readers to experience the connection between the historical and mythical status of The King, on the one hand, and the poetic imagery of him on the other. All Shook Up! combines history and myth and art—in the words of some of our most well–known poets and in the elegant and revealing photographs of Jon Hughes.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cornelius Eady, Joyce Carol Oates, Ai, Lucille Clifton and Thom Gunn are just a few of the poets who wax sentimental in All Shook Up: Collected Poems about Elvis, edited by Will Clemens, with 22 b&w photographs by Jon Hughes. David Wojhan imagines William Carlos Williams "Watching Presley's Second Appearance on `The Ed Sullivan Show': Mercy Hospital, Newark, 1956": "The tube,/ like the sonnet,/ is a fascist form./ I read they refused/ to show this kid's/ wriggling bum." (July) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Illustrated with the photography of Jon Hughes, All Shook Up is an amazing compendium of poetry about Elvis Presley. Will Clemens provides on informative introduction to poetry about a now legendary American music icon by a number of poets whose work ranges from 1957 to 1999 and is a "must" for all Elvis fans everywhere. Elvis Presley: Two minutes long it pitches through some bar:/Unreeling from a corner box, the sigh/Of this one, in his gangling finery/And crawling sideburns, wielding a guitar.//The Limitations where he found success/Are ground on which he, panting, stretches out/In turn, promiscuously, by every note./Our idiosyncrasy and our likeness.//We keep ourselves in touch with a mere dime:/Distorting hackneyed words in hackneyed songs/He turns revolt into a style, prolongs/The impulse to a habit of the time.//Whether he poses or is real, not cat/Bothers to say: the pose held is a stance,/Which, generation of the very chance/It was on, may be posture for combat. Thom Gunn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557287045
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 131
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Will Clemens holds a B.A. degree in English and history, an M.A. in English, and an M.F.A. in creative writing. His writings have been published by several periodicals, including the Explicator, the Kenyon Review, and Rain Taxi. Since 1997, he has edited fiction for the Antioch Review, and taught at the University of Cincinnati.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Elvis Presley [1957] 1
Miss Rosie Mae Watches Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show [1958] 2
All the Stars Are Foxfire [1979] 4
I Stopped in Topelo, Elvis [1979] 6
Mary's Dream [1979] 8
Sphinx [1979] 9
Elegy for Elvis [1981] 11
Painkillers [1982] 13
All Shook Up [1986] 16
On the Elvis Mailing List [1987] 18
Waiting on Elvis, 1956 [1987] 19
Cures [1988] 20
"All Shook Up" [1988] 22
Audubon Drive, Memphis [1990] 24
Fishing with Elvis [1990] 27
W. C. M. Watching Presley's Second Appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show": Mercy Hospital, Newark, 1956 [1990] 29
The Assassination of Robert Goulet as Performed by Elvis Presley: Memphis, 1968 [1990] 31
Nixon Names Elvis Honorary Federal Narcotics Agent at Oval Office Ceremony, 1973 [1990] 32
Elvis Moving a Small Cloud: The Desert Near Las Vegas, 1976 [1990] 33
At Graceland With a Six Year Old, 1985 [1990] 34
Pharaoh's Palace (Memphis, 1998) [1990] 35
The Resurrection of Elvis Presley [1991] 38
Young Elvis [1991] 41
Versification of a Passage from Penthouse [1992] 43
Conversions [1993] 45
them and us [1993] 47
My Father's House [1993] 48
Elvis [1993] 49
Elvis [1993] 50
Elvis at the End of History [1993] 56
An Elvis for the Ages [1993] 58
Elvis P. and Emma B. [1993] 60
Blue Suede Shoes [1993] 61
About Face [1995] 65
Some Cool [1995] 67
Elvis from the Waist Up, excerpted from "Wonder Stings Me More Than The Bee," a part of the sequence "My Last TV Campaign" [1995] 73
Mail and A New Release, both excerpted from "Give: A Sequence Reimagining Daphne & Apollo" [1995] 78
Elvis lives [1996] 90
Elvis Sings Gospel [1997] 93
Elvis Goes to the Army [1997] 94
Elvis Acts as His Own Pallbearer [1997] 96
Elvis Reads "The Wild Swans at Coole" [1999] 98
The Women Who Love Elvis All Their Lives [1999] 100
The Death of Gladys Presley [1999] 102
I Visit the Twenty-four Hour Coin-op Church of Elvis [1999] 104
Sunday Morning [1999] 106
The Brides of Elvis [1999] 108
Talismans [1999] 110
The Elvis Elevator [1999] 112
Contributors' Notes and Comments 115
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