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Gift of Tongues: Twenty-Five Years of Poetry from Copper Canyon Press

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Edited and introduced by Sam Hamill, and with a complete bibliography of poetry published by the Press, The Gift of Tongues is drawn from more than 150 books and chapbooks and collects nearly 300 poems by some of the most distinguished poets and translators of the last quarter-century.

"Copper Canyon Press is an evangelist for poetry. It has always made books that are aesthetically pleasing, and this anthology is no exception. The rich ...

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Overview

Edited and introduced by Sam Hamill, and with a complete bibliography of poetry published by the Press, The Gift of Tongues is drawn from more than 150 books and chapbooks and collects nearly 300 poems by some of the most distinguished poets and translators of the last quarter-century.

"Copper Canyon Press is an evangelist for poetry. It has always made books that are aesthetically pleasing, and this anthology is no exception. The rich diversity of poets inside from John Balaban to Tom McGrath, Carolyn Kizer to Eleanor Wilner, celebrates 25 years of sagacious and daring publishing."-Maxine Kumi

List of Contributors:
Vicente Aleixandre
Odysseus Alepoudeli
Heather Allen
Edgar Anawrok
Paul Antschel
John Balaban
Erin Belieu
Marvin Bell
Nelson Bentley
Stephen Berg
David Bottoms
Kay Boyle
Robert Bringhurst
Olga Broumas
Gladys Cardiff
Hayden Carruth
Cyrus Curtis Cassells
Thomas Centolella
Lucille Clifton
Gerald Costanzo
Sandor Csoori
Michael Cuddihy
Richard Dauenhauer
Madeline Defrees
Hilda Doolittle
Terry Ehret
Carolyn Forche
James Galvin
Ken Gerner
Patricia Goedicke
Susan Griffin
John Haines
Mark Warren Halperin
Sam Hamill
Han Shan
Han Yu
Paul Hansen
Gerald Andrews Hausman
Robert Hedin
Jim Heynen
George Parks Hitchcock
Gary H. Holthaus
Richard Hugo
T. E. Jay
Richard Jones
Jean Joubert
Jaan Kaplinski
Shirley Kaufman
Kawamura Yoichi
Ki Joon
Carolyn Kizer
William Kloefkorn
Kwon P'il
James Laughlin
David Lee
Denise Levertov
Timothy Liu
Barry Lopez
Frank R. Maloney
ThomasMcgrath
Tim Mcnulty
William Stanley Merwin
Jane Miller
Oscar Vladislas De Lubicz- Milosz
James Masao Mitsui
Miyoshi Toyochiro
Robin Morgan
Sheila Bunker Nickerson
Ou Yangxiu
Mark Pawlak
Ezra Pound
Belle Randall
W. M. Ransom
David Ray
Tom Rea
Kenneth Rexroth
David Romtvedt
Richard Shelton
Maurya Simon
Gary Synder
Primus St. John
Kim Robert Stafford
William Stafford
Nancy Steele
Su Tung-p'o
Robert Sund
Karen Swenson
Anna Swir
Arthur Sze
T'ao Ch'ien
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As founder of Copper Canyon Press, Hamill, a poet himself, has been at the forefront of small, independent poetry publishers for a quarter of a century. Culled from the more than 150 books published so far by Copper Canyon, the nearly 300 poems here serve as testament to Hamill's goal of presenting poetry in, as he says in his Introduction, a "great flowering" of contemporary poetry and translations. Noting that he has "never tried to establish a `school' of poetics thought around the press," he has "selected for publication poetry that has moved me, poetry that seems to be memorable in some way." His taste is demonstrated in works as diverse as those of Su Tung-p'o (11th-century China) and Lucille Clifton. Other noted authors include Thomas Centolella, Heather Allen and W. S. Merwin. While Hamill swears allegiance to no poetic school, Copper Canyon works often fall into two categories: images of the connections between humans and nature, such as found in Robert Bringhurst's "The Song of Ptahhotep" ("The heart is an animal. Learn where it leads./ Know its gait as it breaks. Know its range,/ how it mates and feeds") and images from the troubled modern lives, as in Carolyn Kizer's "Bitch" ("Now, when he and I meet, after all these years,/ I say to the bitch inside me, don't start growling"). Hamill's prefatory essay and concluding annotated bibliography of all Copper Canyon Books are themselves worth the price of this collection, but as he'd be the first to note, it's the poems that matter most. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Hamill, poet and principal editor of the prestigious Copper Canyon Press, has assembled a remarkable retrospective of the many labors of his little company. The list of poets offered here is almost staggering in its variety: Nobel Prize winners (Pablo Neruda and Odysseus Elytis); prominent American poets (Hayden Carruth, John Haines, W.S. Merwin, Carolyn Kizer, and James Laughlin); poets in translation (Jean Joubert, O.V. de L. Milosz, Sandor Csoori, and Su Tung-p'o); and poets beginning to come into their own (Eleanor Wilner, Shirley Kaufman, Timothy Liu, and Richard Jones). Hamill's taste, as reflected in these choices, honors a certain humility, an earthiness, in poetry. Hamill's introduction sketches the recent history of American poetry, of which Copper Canyon has been an important part; his notes are warmly percipient appreciations of the poets his press has fostered. This anthology will appeal strongly to all readers of contemporary poetry; highly recommended.Graham Christian, Andover-Harvard Theological Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556591174
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Poet and translator Sam Hamill was the Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press and is currently the Director for Poets Against War.

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