American Poetry: The Next Generation

American Poetry: The Next Generation

by Gerald Costanzo
     
 

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American Poetry: The Next Generation is an anthology of the following poets, all born since 1960, who have published at least one book with a trade, university, or independent publisher:

Rick Agran, Elizabeth Alexander, Sherman Alexie, Rick Alley, Alice Anderson, Daniel Anderson, Talvikki Ansel, Aaron Anstett, Craig Arnold, David Baratier, David Barber,

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American Poetry: The Next Generation is an anthology of the following poets, all born since 1960, who have published at least one book with a trade, university, or independent publisher:

Rick Agran, Elizabeth Alexander, Sherman Alexie, Rick Alley, Alice Anderson, Daniel Anderson, Talvikki Ansel, Aaron Anstett, Craig Arnold, David Baratier, David Barber, Paul Beatty, Joshua Beckman, Erin Belieu, Molly Bendall, Dina Ben-Lev, Jacqueline Berger, Carole Bernstein, Mark Bibbins, David Biespiel, Richard Blanco, Joe Bolton, Gaylord Brewer, Joel Brouwer, Stephanie Brown, Lisa Buscani, Anthony Butts, Rafael Campo, Nick Carbo, Kenneth Carroll, Keith Cartwright, Hayan Charara, Lisa D. Chavez, Justin Chin, A. V. Christie, Joshua Clover, Lisa Coffman, Nicole Cooley, Lesley Dauer, Christopher Davis, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Connie Deanovich, Mark DeCarteret, Juan Delgado, Tom Devaney, Elizabeth Dodd, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Denise Duhamel, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Heid E. Erdrich, Sascha Feinstein, Lisa Fishman, Nick Flynn, Ruth Forman, Kenny Fries, Joanna Fuhrman, Suzanne Gardinier, Steve Gehrke, Timothy Geiger, Lisa Glatt, Douglas Goetsch, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Debra Gregerman, Maurice Kilwein Guevara, Beth Gylys, James Harms, Terrance Hayes, Brian Henry, Bob Hicok, Mary Crockett Hill, Ellen Hinsey, Christine Hume, Austin Hummell, Bruce Jackson, J. L. Jacobs, Jonathan Johnson, Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph, Julia Kasdorf, Laura Kasischke, David Keplinger, Ger Killeen, James Kimbrell, Gerry LaFemina, Lance Larsen, Dana Levin, Kate Light, Fatima Lim-Wilson, Beth Lisick, Timothy Liu, M. Loncar, Joel Long, Peter Markus, David Marlatt, Valerie Martinez, Khaled Mattawa, Ellyn Maybe, Shara McCallum, Jeffrey McDaniel, Campbell McGrath, Leslie Anne Mcilroy, Paula McLain, Mark McMorris, Constance Meritt, Malena Morling, Julie Moulds, Rick Mulkey, Maggie Nelson, Rick Noguchi, Jennifer O’Grady, Joe Osterhaus, Frankie Paino, Alan Michael Parker, G. E. Patterson, V. Penelope Pelizzon, Tracy Philpot, D. A. Powell, Kevin Powell, Rohan B. Preston, Kevin Prufer, Charles Rafferty, Heather Ramsdell, Claudia Rankine, Joanna Rawson, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Catie Rosemurgy, Sarah Rosenblatt, Sarah Ruden, John Rybicki, Mary Ann Samyn, Margot Schilpp, Ruth L. Schwartz, Lisa Sewell, Patty Seyburn, Brenda Shaughnessy, Reginald Shepherd, Martha Silano, Rose Solari, Angela Sorby, Philip Stephens, Adrienne Su, Virgil Suarez, Larissa Szporluk, Richard Tayson, J. Tarin Towers, Ann Townsend, Pimone Triplett, Sam Truitt, Alpay Ulku, Reetika Vazirani, Anthony R. Vigil, Karen Volkman, David Scott Ward, Thom Ward, Joe Wenderoth, Rachel Wetzsteon, Susan M. Whitmore, Crystal Williams, Lisa Williams, Greg Williamson, Steve Wilson, Christian Wiman, Suzanne Wise, Mark Wunderlich, M. Wyrebek, Kevin Young, Katayoon Zandvakili

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
There are almost 200 poets represented here, none born before 1960. The editors' criteria for inclusion in this anthology were young poets who had already published or were in the process of publishing a full-length book with an established press. They asked each poet for poems they considered "representative" of their work. An interesting fact that emerged in recruiting writers indicated that 92% of the work was published outside of New York and Boston, mainly by small and university presses, places often on small budgets who are yet still willing to take chances on people they believe in, poets who produce innovative, high quality work. The collection reflects both the emergence of performance poetry and a new formalism as well as adherence to more traditional forms. Many pieces reflect on younger days: the angst of adolescence, the attraction of danger, and the loss of innocence. Carole Bernstein's short piece "The Cup of Coffee," on the death of her mother, expresses the inexpressible grief of children, often called forth by adults in unexpected ways. The tragedy of AIDS, experienced by young poets in the loss of loved ones, is one example of the impact of contemporary issues on this generation of poets. Justin Chin's piece, "Why He Had to Go," is raw in its anger, the first stage of grief. Written as a prose poem, it works well in expressing seemingly disjointed memories. Many of the poets tell stories, many of them urban tales, but there are some like Judy Jordan who seek refuge in nature. In her piece "Winter," she speaks of silence: "I wish that silence held some answer or passage/ to forgetting. I would go to it/ with its hesitant and dangerous tacks,/ its seepage intonight like shadows slipping into bodies. " This collection also reflects the country's increased ethnic diversity. Kevin Powell writes a jazzy tribute to Langston Hughes in "Genius Child." Virgil Suarez gives us "Song for the Sugar Cane," a love song to Cuba. Reetika Vazirani introduces Mrs. Biswas, an Indian Christian woman, cast adrift in religious wars. This anthology would be a valuable resource for a contemporary American poetry class. There is some explicit material but if read in the context of present-day America, it is justified. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Carnegie Mellon Univ. Press, 480p, 24cm, $24.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Sue E. Budin; YA Libn., Ann Arbor P.L., Ann Arbor, MI, September 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887483431
Publisher:
Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Series:
Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

GERALD COSTANZO is the author of The Laps of the Bridesmaids and Nobody Lives on Arthur Godfrey Boulevard. The editor of The Devins Award Poetry Anthology, he is a professor of English and the lacrosse coach at Carnegie Mellon University.

JIM DANIELS’ book of poems include Blessing the House and Blue Jesus. He also wrote No Pets, a collection of stories, and edited Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race. He is director of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon.

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