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A Gathering of Poets
     

A Gathering of Poets

by Maggie Anderson, Alex Gildzen (Contribution by)
 

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More than 300 poets from around the nation gathered at Kent State University in May 1990 to remember the four students slain and nine others wounded by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, and the two students shot 10 days later at Jackson State College in Mississippi. A Gathering of Poets presents 147 of their poems, some written especially for the

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More than 300 poets from around the nation gathered at Kent State University in May 1990 to remember the four students slain and nine others wounded by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, and the two students shot 10 days later at Jackson State College in Mississippi. A Gathering of Poets presents 147 of their poems, some written especially for the commemoration and published here for the first time, and others selected because of their historical resonance.

Royalties from this book will be contributed to the scholarship fund of the Center for Peaceful Change at Kent State University and the Gibbs-Green Memorial Scholarship Fund at Jackson State University.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Twenty years after the tragic events at Kent State University, a group of more than 300 poets gathered on the campus to pay tribute to the four students killed by Ohio National Guard Troops on May 4, 1970, at the height of the Vietnam War protests. Politics and poetry do not often mix, but this book is a uniquely successful blending of social rage and literary art. Among the 147 poems collected here are such memorable pieces as Donald Hall's ``Tomorrow,'' Shinkichi Takahashi's ``Burning Oneself to Death'' (translated by Lucien Stryk), Sharon Olds's ``The Protestor,'' Lucille Clifton's ``after Kent State,'' and Lisel Mueller's ``Bedtime Story.'' A significant, well-edited collection of historical and literary value, this book will help readers come to terms with Vietnam because ``one of the ancient functions of poetry is to remember and to heal.'' Recommended for all poetry collections.-- Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill.
Pat Monaghan
Two years ago, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the killing of young American students by young American soldiers at Kent State University, hundreds of poets gathered to rage and to reflect, to lament and to learn. The poems collected here were either written for that occasion, inspired by the earlier tragedy, or contributed because of their thematic connection. Scores of poets, from Lucille Clifton to Donald Hall, from David Ignatow to Diane Di Prima, from Alice Walker to Gerald Stern, form this impressive "Gathering". Their voices range from the stingingly furious (Jim Daniels' "The President married a ghost and hosted / Death Valley Days . . . I have never understood why America voted for him / twice. Who's pulling his strings?") to the hauntingly elegiac (Joseph Hansen's "you will be young / with your blood / spilling after you / forever") to the still unresolved (Tiff Holland's "We are, after all, more rain than air, / and rain falls"). Anguish and death, hope, and yes, patriotism, all inform this wonderful, necessary work.
Booknews
A moving anthology of 147 poems by 131 poets, selected from poems read at the Gathering of Poets at Kent State U., May 4- 6, 1990--the 20th anniversary of the killing of four students and wounding of nine others by the Ohio National Guard as the students protested the escalation of the Vietnam War. A fitting memorial. Paper edition (unseen), $18. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
“Politics and poetry do not often mix, but this book is a uniquely successful blending of social rage and literary art….A significant, well-edited collection of historical and literary value, this book will help readers come to terms with Vietnam….”—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873384681
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
Publication date:
10/26/1992
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Anderson is professor of English emerita at Kent State University. She is the former director of the Wick Poetry Center and founding editor of the Wick Poetry Series of the Kent State University Press. She is the author of Windfall: New and Selected Poems, Cold Comfort, and A Space Filled with Moving and is coeditor of two anthologies, After the Bell: Contemporary American Prose about School and Learning By Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School.

Alex Gildzen is a poet, mail artist, and blogger who is best known for his autobiography Alex in Movieland. An experiment in list poems, the work has been appearing for years in installments.

Raymond A. Craig is Professor of English and Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Kent State University.

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