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Overview

Widely known as the anthology that best unites tradition with innovation, The American Tradition in Literature is proud to enter its fifth decade of leadership among textbook anthologies of American literature.

Each volume continues to offer a flexible organization, with literary merit as the guiding principle of selection. The new photos and illustrations illuminate the texts and literary/historical timelines help students put works in context.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780077239053
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/29/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 2160
  • Sales rank: 379,198
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

George Perkins is Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University and an Associate Editor of

Narrative. He holds degrees from Tufts and Duke universities and received his Ph.D. from Cornell.

He has been a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Newcastle in Australia and has held a Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. In addition to Newcastle and Edinburgh, he has taught at Washington University, Baldwin-Wallace College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. His books include THE THEORY OF THE AMERICAN NOVEL, REALISTIC AMERICAN SHORT FICTION, AMERICAN POETIC THEORY, THE HARPER HANDBOOK TO LITERATURE (with Northrup Frye and Sheridan Baker), THE PRACTICAL

IMAGINATION (with Frye, Baker and Barbara Perkins), BENET'S READER'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN LITERATURE (with Barbara Perkins), KALEIDOSCOPE: Stories of the American

Experience (with Barbara Perkins), WOMEN'S WORK; An Anthology of American Literature (with

Barbara Perkins and Robyn Warhol), and THE AMERICAN TRADITION IN LITERATURE, 9TH edition

(with Barbara Perkins).

Barbara Perkins is Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Toledo and Associate Editor of Narrative. Since its founding, she has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Baldwin-Wallace College, The University of Pennsylvania, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has contributed essays to several reference works including CONTEMPORARY NOVELISTS, GREAT WRITERS OF THE ENLGISH LANGUAGE, and THE WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA. Her books include CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LITERATURE (with George Perkins), BENET'S READER'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF

AMERICAN LITERATURE (with George Perkins and Phillip Leininger), KALEIDOSCIPE: Stories

Of the American Experience (with George Perkins), WOMEN'S WORK: An Anthology of American Literature (with George Perkins and Robyn Warhol) and THE AMERICAN TRADITION IN LITERATURE, 9th edition (with George Perkins).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Preface

AN AGE OF EXPANSION, 1865-1910

From Romanticism to Realism

Regionalism

The Gilded Age

Timeline: An Age of Expansion

NEW VOICES IN POETRY

WALT WHITMAN (1819–1892)

Song of Myself

I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

Cavalry Crossing a Ford

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd

To a Common Prostitute

A Noiseless Patient Spider

EMILY DICKINSON (1830-1886)

49 [I never lost as much but twice]

67 [Success is counted sweetest]

130 [These are the days when Birds come back—]

214 [I taste a liquor never brewed—]

241 [I like a look of Agony]

249 [Wild Nights—Wild Nights!]

252 [I can wade Grief—]

258 [There's a certain Slant of light]

280 [I felt a Funeral, in my Brain]

285 [The Robin's my Criterion for Tune—]

288 [I'm Nobody! Who are you?]

290 [Of Bronze—and Blaze—]

303 [The Soul selects her own Society—]

320 [We play at Paste—]

324 [Some keep the Sabbath going to Church]

328 [A Bird came down the Walk—]

341 [After great pain, a formal feeling comes—]

376 [Of Course—I prayed—]

401 [What Soft—Cherubic Creatures—]

435 [Much Madness is divinest Sense—]

441 [This is my letter to the World]

448 [This was a Poet—It is That]

449 [I died for Beauty—but was scarce]

465 [I heard a Fly buzz—when I died—]

511 [If you were coming in the Fall]

556 [The Brain, within its Groove]

579 [I had been hungry, all the Years—]

585 [I like to see it lap the Miles—]

632 [The Brain—is wider than the Sky—]

636 [The Way I read a Letter's—this—]

640 [I cannot live with You—]

650 [Pain—has a Element of Blank—]

657 [I dwell in Possibility—]

712 [Because I could not stop for Death—]

732 [She rose to His Requirement—dropt]

754 [My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun—]

816 [A Death blow is a Life blow to Some]

823 [Not what We did, shall be the test]

986 [A narrow Fellow in the Grass]

1052 [I never saw a Moor—]

1078 [The Bustle in a House]

1082 [Revolution is the Pod]

1100 [The last Night that She lived]

1129 [Tell all the Truth but tell it slant—]

1207 [He preached upon "Breadth" till it argued him narrow—]

1263 [There is no Frigate like a Book]

1304 [Not with a Club, the Heart is broken]

1463 [A Route of Evanescence]

1540 [As imperceptibly as Grief]

1587 [He ate and drank the precious Words—]

1624 [Apparently with no surprise]

1732 [My life closed twice before its close—]

1760 [Elysium is as far as to]



CROSSCURRENTS: Freedom in the Gilded Age

WALT WHITMAN (1819–1892)

From Democratic Vistas

HENRY ADAMS (1838–1918)

From The Education of Henry Adams

Chapter XVII: President Grant (1869)

GEORGE WASHINGTON CABLE (1844–1915)

From The Freedman’s Case in Equity

[The Perpetual Alien]

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON (1856–1915)

From Up from Slavery

The Struggle for an Education

REALISM AND NATURALISM, 1880–1920

Realism

Spiritual Unrest

Naturalism

Timeline: The Turn of the Century

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (1832-1888)

From Little Women

Playing Pilgrims

A Merry Christmas

The Laurence Boy

MARK TWAIN (1835-1910)

The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

From Roughing It

[When the Buffalo Climbed a Tree]

From Life on the Mississippi

The Boys' Ambition

[A Mississippi Cub-Pilot]

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

How to Tell a Story

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS (1837-1920)

From Criticism and Fiction

Chapter II [The True Standard of the Arts]

Chapter XIII [How Can an Art Decay?]

Chapter XXI [American and Old World Novelists]

Chapter XXIV [The Prudishness of the Anglo-Saxon Novel]

Editha

HENRY JAMES (1843-1916)

Daisy Miller

The Real Thing

The Beast in the Jungle

The Art of Fiction

BRET HARTE (1836-1902)

The Outcasts of Poker Flat

RED CLOUD (c. 1822-1909)

[All I Want Is Peace and Justice]

SARAH WINNEMUCCA HOPKINS (1844-1891)

From Life among the Piutes

Chapter 1: First Meeting of Piutes and Whites

AMBROSE BIERCE (1842-1914?)

*Chickamauga

GEORGE WASHINGTON CABLE (1844-1925)

Belles Demoiselles Plantation

JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS (1848-1908)

The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story

Mr. Rabbit Finds His Match at Last

HENRY ADAMS (1838-1918)

The Dynamo and the Virgin

SARAH ORNE JEWETT (1849-1909)

A White Heron

KATE CHOPIN (1851-1904)

The Story of an Hour

The Awakening

MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN (1852-1930)

The Revolt of "Mother"

CHARLES W. CHESNUTT (1858-1932)

The Passing of Grandison

ABRAHAM CAHAN

*A Ghetto Wedding



CROSSCURRENTS: Prosperity and Social Justice at the Turn of the Century

ANDREW CARNEGIE (1835–1919)

From Wealth

STEPHEN CRANE (1871–1900)

The Trees in the Garden Rained Flowers

WILLIAM VAUGHN MOODY (1869–1910)

Gloucester Moors

On Soldier Fallen in the Philippines

ZITKALA-SA (1876–1938)

Retrospection

W. E. B. DU BOIS (1868–1963)

From The Souls of Black Folk

Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others



HAMLIN GARLAND (1860-1940)

Under the Lion's Paw

CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN (1860-1935)

The Yellow Wallpaper

FRANK NORRIS (1870-1902)

A Plea for Romantic Fiction

STEPHEN CRANE (1871-1900)

A God in Wrath

Once I Saw Mountains Angry

A Man Saw a Ball of Gold in the Sky

God Lay Dead in Heaven

Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War Is Kind

The Wayfarer

A Man Said to the Universe

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

The Open Boat

PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR (1872-1906)

We Wear the Mask

A Death Song

Life's Tragedy

At the Tavern

Sympathy

EDITH WHARTON (1862-1937)

The Muse's Tragedy

Roman Fever

THEODORE DREISER (1871-1945)

The Second Choice

EDITH MAUD EATON (SUI SIN FAR) (1865–1914)

In the Land of the Free

JACK LONDON (1876-1916)

To Build a Fire

LITERARY RENAISSANCE, 1910-1930

Twentieth-Century Renaissance

Poetry between the Wars

Timeline: Literary Renaissance

NEW DIRECTIONS: THE FIRST WAVE

EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON (1869-1935)

Luke Havergal

The House on the Hill

Richard Cory

Miniver Cheevy

Eros Turannos

Mr. Flood's Party

The Mill

Firelight

New England

WILLA CATHER (1873-1947)

Neighbour Rosicky

ELLEN GLASGOW (1873-1945)

Jordan's End

GERTRUDE STEIN (1873-1945)

From Tender Buttons

From The Making of Americans

JOHN MILTON OSKISON (1874–1947)

The Problem with Old Harjo

EDGAR LEE MASTERS (1868-1950)

Petit, the Poet

Elsa Wertman

Hamilton Greene

Carl Hamblin

Lucinda Matlock

Davis Matlock

ROBERT FROST (1874-1946)

The Tuft of Flowers

Mending Wall

The Death of the Hired Man

Home Burial

After Apple-Picking

The Wood-Pile

The Road Not Taken

The Oven Bird

Birches

The Hill Wife

The Ax-Helve

Fire and Ice

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Desert Places

Design

Come In

Directive

CARL SANDBURG (1878-1967)

*Chicago

Fog

Nocturne in a Deserted Brickyard

Gone

A Fence

Grass

Southern Pacific

Washerwoman

SHERWOOD ANDERSON (1876-1941)

The Book of the Grotesque

Adventure

SUSAN GLASPELL (1876?-1948)

Trifles

EZRA POUND (1885-1972)

The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

From A Pact

In a Station of the Metro

Hugh Selwyn Mauberley

From The Cantos

I: [And then went down to the ship]

XIII: [Kung walked]

From LXXXI: [What thou lovest well remains]

CXVI: [Came Neptunus]

T. S. ELIOT (1888-1965)

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Gerontion

The Waste Land

The Hollow Men

AMY LOWELL (1874-1925)

Patterns

A Decade

Meeting-House Hill

ELINOR WYLIE (1885-1928)

Wild Peaches

Sanctuary

Prophecy

Let No Charitable Hope

O Virtuous Light

H. D. (HILDA DOOLITTLE) (1886-1961)

Heat

Heliodora

Lethe

Sigil

POETS OF IDEA AND ORDER

WALLACE STEVENS (1879-1955)

Peter Quince at the Clavier

Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock

Sunday Morning

Depression before Spring

Ploughing on Sunday

Anecdote of the Jar

The Snow Man

Bantams in Pine-Woods

A High-Toned Old Christian Woman

The Emperor of Ice-Cream

To the One of Fictive Music

The Idea of Order at Key West

A Postcard from the Volcano

Of Modern Poetry

No Possum, No Sop, No Taters

The Plain Sense of Things

Of Mere Being

WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS (1883-1963)

The Young Housewife

Tract

To Mark Anthony in Heaven

Portrait of a Lady

Queen-Anne's-Lace

The Great Figure

Spring and All

The Red Wheelbarrow

This Is Just to Say

A Sort of a Song

The Dance

The Ivy Crown

MARIANNE MOORE (1887-1972)

Poetry

In the Days of Prismatic Color

An Egyptian Pulled Glass Bottle in the Shape of a Fish

No Swan So Fine

The Pangolin

The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing

In Distrust of Merits

A Jelly-Fish

JOHN CROWE RANSOM (1888-1974)

Winter Remembered

Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter

Blue Girls

Antique Harvesters

HART CRANE (1899-1932)

At Melville's Tomb

From The Bridge

To Brooklyn Bridge

Van Winkle

The River

The Tunnel
A LITERATURE OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHALLENGE, 1920-1945

Drama between the Wars

Primitivism

The Roaring Twenties and the Lost Generation

The Harlem Renaissance

Depression and Totalitarian Menace

Timeline: A Literature of Social and Cultural Challenge

EUGENE O'NEILL (1888-1953)

The Hairy Ape

ROBINSON JEFFERS (1887-1962)

To the Stone-Cutters

Roan Stallion

Shine, Perishing Republic

Hurt Hawks

The Purse-Seine

CLAUDE MCKAY (1889-1948)

The Harlem Dancer

Harlem Shadows

America

Outcast

EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY (1892-1950)

First Fig

[I Shall Go Back Again to the Bleak Shore]

[What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why]

[She Had a Horror He Would Die at Night]

Justice Denied in Massachusetts

[This Beast That Rends Me in the Sight of All]

[Since of No Creature Living the Last Breath]

[Love Is Not All: It Is Not Meat Nor Drink]

[Even in the Moment of Our Earliest Kiss]

[Those Hours When Happy Hours Were My Estate]

[I Will Put Chaos into Fourteen Lines]

E. E. CUMMINGS (1894-1962)

Thy Fingers Make Early Flowers Of

When God Lets My Body Be

In Just-

Buffalo Bill's

My Sweet Old Etcetera

I Sing of Olaf Glad and Big

If There Are Any Heavens

Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Gladly Beyond

Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town

My Father Moved through Dooms of Love

Up into the Silence the Green

Plato Told

When Serpents Bargain for the Right to Squirm

I Thank You God



CROSSCURRENTS: The Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance

JAMES WELDON JOHNSON (1871–1938)

[Negro Dialect]

PAUL ROBESON (1898- 1976)

Reflections on O'Neill's Plays

LANGSTON HUGHES (1902–1967)

When the Negro Was in Vogue

ST. JAMES INFIRMARY BLUES



JEAN TOOMER (1894-1967)

Karintha

Reapers

November Cotton Flower

COUNTEE CULLEN (1903-1946)

Yet Do I Marvel

Heritage

For My Grandmother

For a Lady I Know

LANGSTON HUGHES (1902-1967)

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The Weary Blues

Song for a Dark Girl

Trumpet Player

Dream Boogie

Motto

Green Memory

Harlem

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD (1896-1940)

Babylon Revisited

JOHN DOS PASSOS (1896-1970)

From The 42nd Parallel

Big Bill

From 1919

The House of Morgan

The Body of an American

From The Big Money

Newsreel LXVI

The Camera Eye (50)

Vag

WILLIAM FAULKNER (1897-1962)

That Evening Sun

Barn Burning

ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1899-1961)

Big Two-Hearted River: Part I

Big Two-Hearted River: Part II

THOMAS WOLFE (1900-1938)

An Angel on the Porch

KATHERINE ANNE PORTER (1890-1980)

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

ZORA NEALE HURSTON (1891-1960)

From Their Eyes Were Watching God

[The Yellow Mule]

JOHN STEINBECK (1902-1968)

The Chrysanthemums

RICHARD WRIGHT (1908-1960)

From Black Boy

[A Five Dollar Fight]

WOODY GUTHRIE (1912-1967)

This Land Is Your Land

Pastures of Plenty

The Sinking of the Reuben James

Hard Travelin’

Plane Wreck at Los Gatos
THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH, 1945-1973

Postwar Drama

Postwar Poetry

Postwar Fiction

Multiculturalism

The Postmodern Impulse

Timeline: The Second World War and Its Aftermath

DRAMA

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS (1911-1983)

The Glass Menagerie

ARTHUR MILLER (1915- )

Death of a Salesman

EDWARD ALBEE (1928– )

The American Dream



CROSSCURRENTS: The Age of Anxiety—The Beat Generation and Social Responsibilities

JACK KEROUAC

*From On the Road

JOHN CLELLON HOLMES (1926–1988)

From The Philosophy of the Beat Generation

DWIGTH D. EISENHOWER

[The Military Industrial Complex]

RACHEL CARSON

From Silent Spring

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR (1929–1968)

I Have a Dream

POETRY

ROBERT PENN WARREN (1905-1989)

History among the Rocks

Founding Fathers, Nineteenth-Century Style, Southeast U.S.A.

Blow, West Wind

THEODORE ROETHKE (1908-1963)

Open House

Cuttings (later)

My Papa's Waltz

Elegy for Jane

The Waking

I Knew a Woman

The Far Field

Wish for a Young Wife

In a Dark Time

ELIZABETH BISHOP (1911-1979)

The Fish

At the Fishhouses

Questions of Travel

The Armadillo

Sestina

In the Waiting Room

One Art

CZESLAW MILOSZ (1911-2004)

Campo dei Fiori

Fear

Café

In Warsaw

Ars Poetica?

To Raja Rao

With Her

ROBERT HAYDEN (1913–1980)

Tour 5

Those Winter Sundays

Year of the Child

JOHN BERRYMAN (1914-1972)

From THE DREAM SONGS:

1 [Huffy Henry hid the day]

4 [Filling her compact & delicious body]

14 [Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so]

29 [There sat down, once, a thing on Henry's heart]

76 [Henry's Confession]

145 [Also I love him: me he's done no wrong]

153 [I'm cross with god who has wrecked this generation]

384 [The marker slants, flowerless, day's almost done]

385 [My daughter's heavier. Light leaves are flying]

WILLIAM STAFFORD (1914-1993)

Before the Big Storm

Judgments

One Home

The Farm on the Great Plains

GWENDOLYN BROOKS (1917-2000)

a song in the front yard

The Bean Eaters

We Real Cool

The Lovers of the Poor

ROBERT LOWELL (1917-1977)

Sailing Home from Rapallo

Waking in the Blue

*Memories of West Street and Lepke

Skunk Hour

The Neo-Classical Urn

For the Union Dead

For Theodore Roethke

Reading Myself

Epilogue

RICHARD WILBUR (1921- )

The Beautiful Changes

Museum Piece

The Death of a Toad

Love Calls Us to the Things of This World

JAMES DICKEY (1923-1997)

The Lifeguard

Cherrylog Road

The Shark's Parlor

DENISE LEVERTOV (1923- )

The Third Dimension

To the Snake

The Room

The Willows of Massachusetts

Living

A. R. AMMONS (1926-2001)

Corsons Inlet

Cascadilla Falls

Poetics

ROBERT BLY (1926- )

Driving toward the Lac Qui Parle River

Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter

Watering the Horse

The Executive's Death

Looking at New-Fallen Snow from a Train

ALLEN GINSBERG (1926-1997)

A Supermarket in California

Howl

America

FRANK O'HARA (1926-1966)

Why I Am Not a Painter

A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island

The Day Lady Died

Ave Maria

SYLVIA PLATH (1932-1963)

Morning Song

The Rival

The Arrival of the Bee Box

The Applicant

Daddy

Lady Lazarus

Death & Co

Child

Mystic

AMIRI BARAKA (1934- )

In Memory of Radio

An Agony As Now

BOB DYLAN (1945– )

Blowin’ in the Wind

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Mr. Tambourine Man

Like a Rolling Stone

PROSE

EUDORA WELTY (1909-2001)

A Memory

VLADIMIR NABOKOV (1899-1977)

From Pnin

Chapter Five [Pnin at the Pines]

ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER (1904-1991)

Gimpel the Fool

JOHN CHEEVER (1912-1982)

The Swimmer

RALPH ELLISON (1914- )

From Invisible Man

Chapter 1 [Battle Royal]

BERNARD MALAMUD (1914-1986)

The Mourners

SAUL BELLOW (1915- )

A Silver Dish

JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987)

Sonny's Blues

FLANNERY O'CONNOR (1925-1964)

Good Country People

JOHN BARTH (1930- )

Lost in the Funhouse

JOHN UPDIKE (1932- )

Separating

PHILIP ROTH (1933- )

The Conversion of the Jews

THOMAS PYNCHON (1937– )

Entropy

A CENTURY ENDS AND A NEW MILLENNIUM BEGINS, 1975-PRESENT

Drama

Poetry

Fiction

Multiculturalism

Globalization

Timeline: A Century Ends and a New Millennium Begins

DRAMA

SAM SHEPARD (1943- )

True West

AUGUST WILSON (1945– )

Fences



CROSSCURRENTS: What Is an American? Freedom and Responsibility

BOB DYLAN (1941- )

Masters of War

NORMAN MAILER (1923-2007)

*From Armies of the Night

BETTY FRIEDAN

The Problem That Has No Name

TIM O’BRIEN (1946– )

The Things They Didn’t Know

AL GORE (1948– )

*From An Inconvenient Truth



POETRY

W.S. MERWIN (1927- )

The Drunk in the Furnace

The Last One

Vision

Trees

JAMES WRIGHT (1927-1980)

A Note Left in Jimmy Leonard's Shack

Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

In Terror of Hospital Bills

Two Postures beside a Fire

JAMES MERRILL (1926-1995)

A Timepiece

Charles on Fire

The Broken Home

Samos

JOHN ASHBERY (1927- )

Some Trees

The Painter

Crazy Weather

A Prison All the Same

The Desperado

At North Farm

Down by the Station, Early in the Morning

ANNE SEXTON (1928-1974)

Her Kind

The Farmer's Wife

The Truth the Dead Know

With Mercy for the Greedy

ADRIENNE RICH (1929- )

Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Living in Sin

Necessities of Life

Diving into the Wreck

For the Dead

For the Record

GARY SNYDER (1930- )

The Late Snow & Lumber Strike of the Summer of Fifty-Four

Riprap

Not Leaving the House

Axe Handles

MARY OLIVER (1935- )

In Blackwater Woods

The Ponds

Picking Blueberries, Austerlitz, New York, 1957

Early Morning, New Hampshire

Yes! No!

JAY WRIGHT (1935- )

A Month in the Country

Preparing to Leave Home

From Boleros

35 Indian Pond

The Buried Barn's Own Nocturne

CHARLES SIMIC (1938- )

Fear

Bestairy for the Fingers of My Right Hand

Fork

Euclid Avenue

Prodigy

My Weariness of Epic Proportions

JOSEPH BRODSKY (1940-1996)

From Lullaby of Cape Cod

IV [The change of Empires is intimately tied]

Belfast Tune

A Song

To My Daughter

SIMON J. ORTIZ (1941- )

Vision Shadows

Poems from the Veterans Hospital

8:50 AM Ft. Lyons VAH

Travelling

From From Sand Creek

[At the Salvation Army]

RITA DOVE (1952- )

Champagne

Ö

Dusting

Roast Possum

LORNA DEE CERVANTES (1954- )

Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Well-Read

Person, Could Believe in a War Between the Races

For Virginia Chavez

Emplumadu

CATHY SONG (1955- )

Picture Bride

Heaven

Immaculate Lives

LI-YOUNG LEE (1957– )

I Ask My Mother to Sing

The Gift

The Hammock

Restless

PROSE

JOYCE CAROL OATES (1938- )

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

NASH CANDELARIA (1928- )

El Patrón

TONI MORRISON (1931- )

From Sula

1922

ANNIE PROULX (1935- )

The Half-Skinned Steer

DON DELILLO (1936- )

The Angel Esmeralda

RAYMOND CARVER (1938-1988)

A Small, Good Thing

BOBBIE ANN MASON (1940- )

Shiloh

BHARATI MUKHERJEE (1940- )

The Management of Grief

ANNE TYLER (1941- )

Average Waves in Unprotected Waters

JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN (1941- )

*Doc’s Story

ISABEL ALLENDE (1942- )

And of Clay Are We Created

ALICE WALKER (1944- )

Everyday Use

TIM O'BRIEN (1946- )

From Going After Cacciato

Night March

ANN BEATTIE (1947- )

Janus

LESLIE MARMON SILKO (1948- )

The Man to Send Rain Clouds

JAMAICA KINCAID (1949- )

Mariah

AMY TAN (1952- )

Half and Half

LOUISE ERDRICH (1954- )

The Red Convertible

SANDRA CISNEROS (1954– )

Woman Hollering Creek

BARBARA KINGSOLVER (1955- )

Homeland

SHERMAN ALEXIE (1966– )

What You Pawn I Will Redeem

JHUMPA LAHIRI (1967- )

The Third and Final Continent

EDWIDGE DANTICAT (1969– )

Seven

Historical-Literary Timeline

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index
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