I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio

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I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio gathers together 117 poems by 85 poets for a fresh perspective on the Buckeye State. Not since 1911 has there been a comprehensive collection of poems written about Ohio. And this anthology is especially relevant as Ohio celebrates its 200th year as a state. It could be called Ohio's bicentennial gift to itself. These poems, written by such celebrated Ohio natives as James Wright and Mary Oliver, and by accomplished if less well known poets like Ruth L. Schwartz and...
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Overview

I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio gathers together 117 poems by 85 poets for a fresh perspective on the Buckeye State. Not since 1911 has there been a comprehensive collection of poems written about Ohio. And this anthology is especially relevant as Ohio celebrates its 200th year as a state. It could be called Ohio's bicentennial gift to itself. These poems, written by such celebrated Ohio natives as James Wright and Mary Oliver, and by accomplished if less well known poets like Ruth L. Schwartz and Rachel Langille, offer a virtual tour of people and places in the state, traveling around Ohio's lakes and rivers, farms and open country, small towns and large cities. In resonant language and compelling imagery, in shapely verse and lines responsive to the moment's impulse, the poems bring Ohio to its citizens and, beyond the borders of the state, to lovers of poetry everywhere. The perspective may be personal or historical, close-up or wide-ranging, celebratory or otherwise, but each poem becomes part of the state's legacy passed on to future generations, a collective record of how Ohio appears to itself and to others at the beginning of the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884836824
  • Publisher: University of Akron Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Series: Akron Series in Poetry
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Beautiful Ohio xvii
Along the Waters
River by River 3
Lake Hope in Early Spring 5
Crossing Mac-O-Chee Creek 6
The Gorge 7
Wingfoot Lake 9
Fast Opera 11
Twentieth-Century Cave Painting, Circa 1975 12
Selling Books at the James Wright Festival in Martins Ferry, Ohio 13
The Swan at Edgewater Park 15
September, Edgewater Park 16
In Ohio: The Names of Rivers 18
Dorothy with Richard 19
Beaver Creek 20
The barges at night on the ohio river 21
Puberty 23
The Stretch of River between Belpre and Marietta 24
Final Nature Poem on the Little Cuyahoga 26
Anniversary Poem 27
Home in Ohio 29
Down Country Roads
Lost in Ohio 33
Homesick 34
The Family Farm 35
Driving through Ohio 36
Not Poor 37
Two Muses Discuss Arrowheads 38
In Ohio 39
The Sumac in Ohio 40
Ohio Farm House, ca. 1846 41
Losing Grace 43
Dixie 45
Sunday Morning Apples 50
Good Friday at the Rookery 51
The Amish Farmer's Daughter 53
The Curse of Purslane 55
The Black Walnut Tree 56
Stark County Holidays 58
Taraxacum Officinale 60
Summer of 1912 62
The Compost Bin 63
Benefits of Geauga County 64
Suckering Tobacco 65
American Beauty 67
Moose Ridge Apple Wine 68
Regional Bird 74
Rebecca Devanney, 1954-1981 75
Roof, Ohio Territory 77
Finding Wild Bees on My Sister's Farm near Baltimore, Ohio 78
Tree Ferns 79
Mennonite Funeral in Southwest Ohio 80
Homage to the Corn 82
Losing Ohio 84
Through Small Towns
Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio 87
Spring Begins in Hinckley, Ohio 88
The Lights of Chillicothe 90
Leaving Downtown Marietta, Ohio, 1983 91
War Brides' Dinner 92
Death 93
Near Liberty, Ohio 94
Nelson Ledges, 1948 95
Leading Them Back 96
That Summer, Joe, and Prison 97
Tractors 99
Fall in Reily, Ohio 101
Brick 102
The Future of Lorain, Ohio 104
At Marietta, Ohio 105
310 Murdock Street 106
Drowning in Ohio 107
Black Cat in Byhalia 108
Beulah 111
Walking the Streets of Portsmouth, Ohio, 1977 112
Baking Pies 114
Approaching Chester, Ohio 115
Basic Writing, Marion Correctional 116
Midwest: Ode 118
Route 4 120
Elegy in the Form of an Invitation 122
In the Cities
Porphyro in Akron 127
Church of Rose of Lima, Cincinnati 130
Immigrant Children at Union School 131
One for the Ladies at the Troy Laundry Who Cooled Themselves for Zimmer 132
The Eisenhower Years 133
May I Ask You a Question, Mr. Youngstown Sheet & Tube? 135
Secrest Arboretum, My Tenth Year in Wooster 136
Mary Oliver Would 138
In a Steelworker's Bed 140
Cicadas 141
Rust Belt 143
Advent 144
Between Pittsburgh and Cleveland 145
My Father's Secret 146
Nine of Clubs, Cleveland, Ohio 148
A Dock Poem 151
December Wake, Youngstown 152
Cleveland, Angels, Ogres, Trolls 153
East Akron 154
Strolling over the Rhine in Cincinnati 156
Lament for My Brother 157
Love Songs for Cleveland 158
One for the Rose 161
Beyond Even This
Beyond Even This 165
The Buckeye 166
Ohio Highway 168
German Village 170
Ohio 172
Godspeed 174
Now, Children, Let Us All Rise and Sing the State Song 176
The Buckeye Sestina 179
Ohio Haiku 181
John Chapman 183
Tecumseh 185
Ohio 187
Three Miles from Luckey 188
The Breathers 190
How We Argue 192
Buckeye 195
Contributors 197
Credits 213
Index of Poets and Titles 219
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