Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century

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“Here are poems from a new generation of writers who honor the magnetic fields of the real; who feel and think with full and open-eyed passion; who focus heat as the magnifying glass focuses sun: until the paper catches. Read them.”—Jane Hirshfield

This anthology includes new work by an intriguing and culturally diverse group of fifteen poets, born after 1960, including Ruth Forman, Ilya Kaminsky, Malena Mörling, Kevin Goodan, Jay Leeming, Terrance Hayes, Luljeta Lleshanaku, Sherwin Bitsui, María Meléndez, ...

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Overview

“Here are poems from a new generation of writers who honor the magnetic fields of the real; who feel and think with full and open-eyed passion; who focus heat as the magnifying glass focuses sun: until the paper catches. Read them.”—Jane Hirshfield

This anthology includes new work by an intriguing and culturally diverse group of fifteen poets, born after 1960, including Ruth Forman, Ilya Kaminsky, Malena Mörling, Kevin Goodan, Jay Leeming, Terrance Hayes, Luljeta Lleshanaku, Sherwin Bitsui, María Meléndez, Valzhyna Mort, Eugene Gloria, Brian Turner, Joshua Poteat, Maurice Manning, and Chris Abani.

Editor Norman Minnick is the author of To Taste the Water.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935210078
  • Publisher: White Pine Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 317
  • Sales rank: 1,424,496
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mr. Minnick lives in Indianapolis, with his wife and two young children. He was formerly the coordinator of the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series at Butler University. He is the author of To Taste the Water. He earned his M.F.A. from the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami.in 2001.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    New Voices

    This collection is just too good to describe...really! The most of the poets are not household names, yet (except Chris Abani, of whom I own three other books). The variety is impressive, and the selections that appear are full of feeling and are almost tactile in the textural details. I'll just shut up now and show you:

    Stand by Ruth Forman

    why so afraid to stand up?
    someone will tell you
    sit down?

    but here is the truth
    someone will always tell you
    sit down

    the ones we remember
    kept standing.


    Backcountry, Emigrant Gap by Maria Melendez

    I thought we fell asleep
    austere and isolated-

    two frogs calling across Rock Lake.

    By morning, deer prints
    new-pressed
    in the black ground between our tents-

    more lives move beside us
    than we know.

    These are just two examples but the feel is similar throughout, although not all the poetry is sweet and light. My favorite in the set are those by Jay Leeming, who reminds me a tiny bit of Billy Collins but is still a unique voice on his own. His "Rowboat" is elegant and "Supermarket Historians" begins sweetly but ends with a bitter twist. The always-aware Chris Abani concludes the anthology with "Say Something about Child's Play" that will make you tremble. Besides being a great read on its own, this would also be great to give a poetry lover looking for new voices.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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