Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American [NOOK Book]

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In stories and poems that explore how our society shapes us, Identity Lessons features a wide array of ethnic perspectives on growing up in America. Leading the reader into the living-rooms, boardrooms, classrooms, and movie houses of America, distinguished writers from all points of the American ethnic landscape shed light on the space between conformity and difference, and examine the struggle between the need to belong and the pull of one's cultural roots. With insight, wit, and poignancy, the contributors to ...
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Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American

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Overview

In stories and poems that explore how our society shapes us, Identity Lessons features a wide array of ethnic perspectives on growing up in America. Leading the reader into the living-rooms, boardrooms, classrooms, and movie houses of America, distinguished writers from all points of the American ethnic landscape shed light on the space between conformity and difference, and examine the struggle between the need to belong and the pull of one's cultural roots. With insight, wit, and poignancy, the contributors to this anthology recall their attempts to reconcile family from the old country with the powerful messages about race, gender and class confronting them in their new surroundings. A collection of superb and moving writing, Identity Lessons deconstructs conceptions of personal and national identity, and forms an indispensable primer for understanding our cultural selves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101144176
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 630 KB

Meet the Author

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the director of The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey. She is the author of five collections of poetry.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

I. Family Primer I
Names - Ruth Stone Pokeberries - Ruth Stone Beets - Tiffany Midge Magnalia Christi Americana - T.H.S. Wallace daughters - Lucille Clifton fury - Lucille Clifton Dear Mama - Sonia Sanchez Linked - Naomi Shihab Nye I Go Back to May 1937 - Sharon Olds The Portrait - Stanley Kunitz Cracked Portraits - Agha Shahid Ali Those Were the Days - Philip Levine The Substitute - Stephen Dunn The Liar - Tobias Wolff Daddy, We Called You - Maria Mazziotti Gillan Sangre 24: A Legacy - Leroy V. Quintana Working Class - Lenard D. Moore
from attic - Justin Vitiello Always Running - Luis J. Rodríguez Company Outing - Diane Der-Hovanessian Tending - Elizabeth Alexander I cannot write a poem to bless all the givers of pain - Honorée Jeffers
II. Family Primer II
Family - Grace Paley Why the Violin Is Better - Hal Sirowitz My Aunts - Anthony Valerio My Son Is Worried About Me - Laura Boss The Word You Did Not Speak - Vivian Shipley Words for My Daughter from the Asylum - Hayden Carruth My Mad Son Helps Me Into Heaven - Arthur L. Clements The Children - Diane di Prima Mother's Voice - Robert Creeley Singing Lessons - Rochelle Ratner photo poem - Vittoria repetto Saying Farewell to My Father - James P. Handlin The Birthday—August 25, 1980 - Edgar Gabriel Silex Late - Terrance Hayes Hotel Nights with My Mother - Linda McCarriston Legacy - Stephen Dunn Apples - Shirley Kaufman Day Worker - Lamont B. Steptoe Breakfast - Yictove Shelling Shrimp - Lê Thi Diem Thúy The Last Lesson - Toni Libro Poem for My Father - Quincy Troupe Sports Heroes, Cops, and Lace - Michael Lally

III. Calling Roll
The Riddle of Noah - Maxine Kumin Baptisms - Joseph Bruchac Freedom Candy - E. Ethelbert Miller The Boots of Alfred Bettingdorf - Daniel Gabriel Say What? - Amiri Baraka Sangre 14: Sterling, Colorado - Leroy V. Quintana The Loss of a Culture - Antonio D'Alfonso Coffee- Wanda Coleman Horns on Your Head - Hal Sirowitz The Middle Classes - Lynne Sharon Schwartz Right Off the Bat - Leslea Newman French Girls Are Fast - Cheryl Savageau My Rough Skinned Grandmother - Tina Chang Kemo Sabe - Diane Glancy Dictionary of Terminology - Tony Medina A New Story - SImon J. Ortiz

IV. Pledging Allegiance
The Poets - Afaa M. Weaver Seven Horses - Marge Piercy The Last Wild Horses in Kentucky - Vivian Shipley Learning Silence - Maria Mazziotti Gillan Home Training - Bruce A. Jacobs Half-Breed's Song - Adrian C. Louis Mestizo - Alfred Encarnacion Tangerine - Susan Deer Cloud Clements Between Holi and Halloween - Beena Kamlani Strange Country - Julie Parson-Nesbitt Roomers, rumors - Marge Piercy Language Difficulties - Kathryn Nocerino The Welcome Table - Lee Martin High School: San Martin - Renny Christopher On the Subway - Sharon Olds

V. School Daze
In the Elementary School Choir - Gregory Djanikian Sixth Grade - Marie Howe The Jacket - Gary Soto Ladies' Choice - Tony Ardizzone As Children Together - Carolyn Forché
The Silence That Widened - Tom Romano Caroline - Allison Joseph Poem for Anthony, Otherwise Known as Head - Sean Thomas Dougherty
from Personal and Impersonal Landscapes - Diane Wakoski The Dance at St. Gabriel's - Felix Stefanile Yellow Roses - Lyn Lifshin High School Reunion - Denise Duhamel The Story of My Life - Liz Rosenberg Wearing of the Green - Anthony F. Bruno The Boy Without a Flag - Abraham Rodriguez Jr.
Early Snow - Dona Luongo Stein Butch Traynor - Michael S. Glaser The Weird Kid - Mark Vinz Sterling Williams' Nosebleed - David Chin Losing Faith - Mary McLaughlin Slechta Altar Boy - Charles Rossiter School of Night - Toi Derricotte No Consolation - Robert Phillips The Way of the Cross - Len Roberts

VI. Learning by Rote
Teaching English from an Old Composition Book - Gary Soto Among Children - Philip Levine Our Room - Molly Peacock Chinese in Academia - Shirely Geok-lin Lim For Sal Sanjamino: On His Retirement - Stanley H. Barkan Poem on the First Day of School - Peter Cooley Big World, Little Man - William Stafford A Long Way - Ralph Salisbury The First Day - Edward P. Jones Pennies - David Ray Shame - Francisco X. Alarcón Disc 'n Dat - Grace Cavalieri The Captain of the Safeties - Maria Fama Senior Will - David Haynes
VII. Our Bodies, Ourselves
My Father's Love Letters - Yusef Komunyakaa Mortal Sins - Maureen Seaton Training Bra - Maria Mazziotti Gillan The One Girl at the Boys' Party - Sharon Olds The Boy - Marie Howe Practicing - Marie Howe
from Drops of This Story - Suheir Hammad Playing with Dolls - David Trinidad Rice and Beans - Rafael Campo Defining Us - Rafael Campo Imagining Drag - Rafael Campo Choice in Colored Rain - Lisa Yun Graffiti - Margie Norris The Girls - Diane Wakoski Aunt Dorothy - Laura Boss Aunt Rose - Laura Boss The Accordion - Rachel Guido deVries Uncle Earl and Guns - Walt McDonald Legacy - Chris Kennedy The Politics of Buddy - Leslea Newman
"You know what I'm saying?" - Allen Ginsberg The Robe - Afaa M. Weaver Acupuncture and Cleansing at Forty-eight - Len Roberts

VIII. Beyond Dick and Jane
Garden State - Allen Ginsberg Thelonious - Afaa M. Weaver Robin's Nest - Janice Eidus Real Life - Mary Ann Mannino Jetties Were the Bridges I Crossed - Nancy Mercado Rock'n'Roll - M.L. Liebler Sally - Frank Finale Painting the Christmas Trees - Joe E. Weil City Lights - Diane di Prima There I Was One Day - Gerald Stern An American in Trapani - Nat Scammacca Made You Mine, America - Ali Zarrin Ode to Elizabeth - Joe E. Weil
from Krik? Krak! - Edwidge Danticat
from This Past Decade and the Next - Eliot Katz Second-Grade Angel - Len Roberts Miz Rosa Rides the Bus - Angela Jackson The Summer of Black Widows - Sherman Alexie Tourists - Sherman Alexie Like Mexicans - Gary Soto American Milk - Ruth Stone

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