American Children

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American Children is an elegy-in-verse. Its thematic pillars—four long elegies—are bridged by three sequences: one of poems in free verse, another of poems in traditional and not-so-traditional forms, a third of “miniatures” that are brief verse snapshots arranged in pairs and processions. American Children explores the many possibilities of form, texture and tone in the elegy—from free verse to formalist, from straightforward to surreal, from somberly meditative to dazzlingly ...

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Overview

American Children is an elegy-in-verse. Its thematic pillars—four long elegies—are bridged by three sequences: one of poems in free verse, another of poems in traditional and not-so-traditional forms, a third of “miniatures” that are brief verse snapshots arranged in pairs and processions. American Children explores the many possibilities of form, texture and tone in the elegy—from free verse to formalist, from straightforward to surreal, from somberly meditative to dazzlingly wise-ass.

Jim Simmerman has published four poetry collections and co-edited the anthology Dog Music: Poetry About Dogs. He has received fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Bread Loaf and the National Education Association. He is a regent’s professor of English at Northern Arizona University. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781929918645
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: American Poets Continuum Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Jim Simmerman has published four poetry collections. Awards include a Pushcart "Writer's Choice" Selection and Fellowships from the Arizona Commission of the Arts, and the NEA. He is widely published (Georgia Review, Ploughshares, North American Review) and anthologized (Pushcart, POETRY 1912-2002). He is Regents Professor of English at Northern Arizona University.
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Table of Contents

Monte Vista 11
Out there 17
The eternal city 18
Neverland 20
Man in the moon 22
If wishes were horses 24
Wherever she goes 25
Leash 26
Hating the dog 28
Happy trails 30
Road music 33
Shatter 41
Pain 42
Paranoid 43
The zero on the answering machine 45
Jittery 47
Tell the truth 49
Obsessonnet 50
Five attention deficit disorder Haiku 51
Platonic 52
Levis 55
Black 63
Bestiary 64
Comfort and joy 67
Truth and beauty 68
Here and there 69
Stop and go 70
From the family album 71
Two variations 74
Two reservations 75
Two visitations 76
Two abnegations 77
Miniatures 78
White 80
American children 83
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