American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets

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A major new anthology of recent American poetry, featuring generous selections of the work of 25 extraordinary poets born since World War II, with thoughtful introductions and annotations. In language of striking originality and beauty, these poets illuminate the complexities of contemporary life and chart the contours of the American landscape.
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Overview

A major new anthology of recent American poetry, featuring generous selections of the work of 25 extraordinary poets born since World War II, with thoughtful introductions and annotations. In language of striking originality and beauty, these poets illuminate the complexities of contemporary life and chart the contours of the American landscape.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780932440280
  • Publisher: Oberlin College Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2006
  • Series: FIELD Editions
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,384,894
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Walker, who teaches English and creative writing at Oberlin College, has been an editor of FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics since 1977. He is also the editor of Poets Reading: The FIELD Symposia and A FIELD Guide to Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, both available from Oberlin College Press.
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Table of Contents

Preface
AGHA SHAHIDI ALI
I See Chile in My Rearview Mirror
Snow on the Desert
The Country Without a Post Office
Ghazal (Arabic)
Lenox Hill
Rooms Are Never Finished
Ghazal (Even the Rain)
The Purse-Seiner Atlantis
Of Fire
PAMELA ALEXANDER
Flight
Vines
Inventory. Journal.
Sight
Reprise
Mt. Auburn Owl
Northeast Suite
The Comma a Portrait
Foxlight
Person of
Lightfall
Crossing
BRUCE BEASLEY
Witness
Red Reed
What Did You Come to See from Spiritual Alphabet in Midsummer
Hermetic Diary
Lord Brain
ROBIN BEHN
Origin
Downproofing Lesson
On Giving My Father a Book About Roses
Aubade
Still Life
On Being Asked My Opinion About an Autopsy
Vigil: Dwindle
Ancient New Parents
The Yellow House Writes a Story for the Boy
Below the Cellar of the Yellow House There Is Another Set of Stairs
Like a Horse
The Green Field
LINDA BIERDS
Quickly and Fully
In the Beeyard
White Bears: Tostoy at Astapovo
Phantom Pain
Hunter
It
Desire
Van Leeuwenhoek: 1675
Altamira: What She Remembered
Vespertilio
Muybridge
Pasteur on the Rue Vauquelin
Thinking of Red
MARIANNE BORUCH
The Hammer Falls, Is Falling
Perennial Garden
Interior with a Violin
The Window
Moss Burning
Omens
Year in Hawaii
The Way the Dying Hear Things
Piano Tuning
Elegy
All Those People
Think of the Words
Simple Machines
MARK DOTY
A Display of Mackerel
Migratory
Fog Argument
Homo Will Not Inherit
The Embrace
Retrievers in Translation
Elizabeth Bishop, Croton
Flit
RITA DOVE
Small Town
The House Slave
Adolescence—II
Parsley
Dusting
Weathering Out
Sunday Greens
Mississippi
Dog Days, Jerusalem
Turning Thirty, I Contemplate Students Bicycling Home
The Other Side of the House
Lint
Exit
Revenant
On Veronica
Ta Ta Cha Cha
La Chapelle. 92nd Division. Ted.
Desert Backyard
NORMAN DUBIE
February: The Boy Breughel
Thomas Hardy
Elizabeth’s War with the Christmas Bear
Coleridge Crossing the Plain of Jars
Parish
New England, Springtime
Of Politics, & Art
The Apocrypha of Jacques Derrida
Buffalo Clouds over the Maestro Hoon
The Pendulum
Of Art & Memory
Dementia
Sky Harbor
BECKIAN FRITZ GOLDBERG
Retro Lullaby
Since I Have Lived
Money
Wren
Fetish
Lilies at Night
God Body
Blossom at the End of the Body
Twentieth Century Children
Twentieth Century Children (2)
Twentieth Century Children (5): Blood-Kissing
Third Body nights with the Star-Ladle Over the House
He Said Discipline Is the Highest Form of Love
Bedtime Story
The Passing House
LINDA GREGERSON
Norway
Safe
For the Taking
Cranes on the Seashore
Bicameral
Elegant
BOB HICOK
Whither Thou Goest
Once a Green Sky
Small Purchase
Dropping the Euphemism
Goodbye in the Shape of a Knot
Radical Neck
Sudden Movements
The Active Reader
Team Effort
The Busy Days of My Nights
Angels of Mercy
YUSELF KOMUNYAKAA
Water Buffalo
Monsoon Season
Camouflaging in the Chimera
Tunnels
Starlight Scope Myopia
Fragging
“You and I Are Disappearing”
Sappers
We Never Know
Tu Do Street
Prisoners
Thanks
Facing It
A Reed Boat
Buried Light
The Hanoi Market
Anodyne
LARRY LEVIS
Sensationalism
At the Grave of My Guardian Angel: St. Louis Cemetary, New Orleans
Elegy with the Thimbleful of Water in the Cage
Elegy with a Bridle in Its Hand
Elegy with a Chimneysweep Falling Inside It
THOMAS LUX
Solo Native
View from a Porch
The Thirst of Turtles
Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy
There Were Some Summers the Dark Comes On in Blocks, in Cubes
Ultima Thule
Black Road Over Which Green Trees Grow
Gorgeous Surfaces
Grim Town in a Steep Valley
Plague Victims Catapulted Over Walls Into Besieged City
Grain Burning Far Away
Marine Snow at Mid-Depths and Down
Unlike, for Example, the Sound of a Riptooth Saw
The Language Animal
Can Tie Shoes But Won’t,
To Help the Monkey Cross the River,
From the High Ground,
The Hungry Gap-Time,
CAROL MUSKE-DUKES
Ideal
Applause
Unsent Letter 4: Last Take
Miracles
Blue Kashmir, ‘74
Ovation
Heroine
Request Radio
Crack the Whip
Jacaranda
CARL PHILLIPS
Somewhere Holy
As from a Quiver of Arrows
Parable
Luck
Words of Love
To Break, to Ride
Minotaur
Custom
The Rest of Love
Late Apollo
Erasure
A Summer
MARY RUEFLE
The Melancholiacs
The Intended
In the Bitter Country
An American Dream
Wasps’ Nest
Peeling the Orange
Rain Effect
Rising Bodies
Out of a Hundred
Public Garden with a Weeping Tree
Evangelical
The March
Perpetually Attempting to Soar
Perfect Reader
The Letter
The Jewel
The Execution Poster
Seven Postcards from Dover
The Feast
Search Party
From Here to Eternity
Kiss of the Sun
DAVID ST. JOHN
Slow Dance
Iris
Six/Nine/Forty-Four
Wedding Preparations in the Country
Dolls
Gin
Hush
Elegy
Winter Fires
An Essay on Liberation
Meditation
In the Sulphur Garden
SUSAN STEWART
The Forest
May 1988
The Meadow
Apple
Dark the Star
Forms of Forts
Pear
These Trees in Particular
Lost Rules of Usage
Wings
Zero
ARTHUR SZE
The Negative
Axolotl
The String Diamond
Apache Plume
Acanthus
X and O
Earthstar
LEE UPTON
Window Seat at the Paradise
Somewhere So Lush
Contortionist
The Imagination of Flowers
Scroll
Bedtime Story
Jim’s Hairball
The Quality of Mercy
Destruction of Daughters
Happiness
The Scarlet Letter
Beatrix Potter
Civilian Histories
The Table
BRUCE WEIGL
Monkey
Him, on the Bicycle
Painting on a T’ang Dynasty Water Vessel
Tmeple Near Quang Tri, Not on the Map
The Way of Tet
Dialectical Materialism
Why Nothing Changes for Miss Ngo Thi Thanh
Temptation
The Sky of Daduza Township
Three Fish
River Journal
Why I Hate Theory
Home
Self Portrait at Fifty-Three
C. D. WRIGHT
Bent Tones
Tours
Provinces
Elements of Night
Petition for Replenishment
More Blues and the Abstract Truth
Humidity
Personals
Floating Trees
Lack Echo, Dear
Key Episodes from an Earthly Life
Privacy
Flame from Deepstep Come Shining until words turn to moss.
in our only time.
FRANZ WRIGHT
Blood
Morning
Alcohol
Illegibility
Loneliness
August Insomnia
Thoughts of a Solitary Farmhouse
Sunday Afternoon
Have You Seen This Child
Circle Drawn In Water
Flight
Walking To Martha’s Vineyard
The Only Animal
Sitting Up Late with My Father, 1977
Publication Date
Lines Written in the Dark Illegible Next Day
Acknowledgments
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    Wonderful!

    What a marvelous anthology this is, from the choice of poets, some surprising, and the generous sampling of their poems, to the lucid, unpretentious introductions and notes. I commend the publishers for sensible pricing and for setting a standard of quality that other anthologies may find hard to match.

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