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Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets / Edition 1

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Written by 100 American poets, Isn’t It Romantic offers an engaging look at how contemporary poets respond afresh to the well-trammeled territory of the love poem. Award-winning poets from across the country lend their voices to this important document of contemporary poetry. The book also features a bonus full-length audio CD of love songs by independent recording artists.

Anthology Contributors include: Karen Volkman, Joe Wenderoth, Eleni Sikelianos, Juliana Spahr, Brenda Shaughnessy, Matthew Rohrer, Claudia Rankine, D.A. Powell, Hoa Nguyen, Noelle Kocot, Lisa Jarnot, Kevin Young, Brian Henry, Christine Hume, Matthea Harvey, Arielle Greenberg, Thalia Field, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Timothy Donnelly, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Stephen Burt, Joshua Beckman, and more.

Contributors to the audio CD include: David Berman, Richard Buckner, Vic Chesnutt, Ida, Doug Martsch, Mark Mulcahy, Megan Reiley, Jenny Toomey and more.

Editor Brett Fletcher Lauer is the poetry in motion director at the Poetry Society of America and poetry editor of CROWD Magazine. He is the co-editor of Poetry In Motion from Coast to Coast (W. W. Norton, 2002) and his poems have appeared in BOMB, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.

Editor Aimee Kelley is the editor and publisher of CROWD Magazine. She received her BA in English from UC Berkeley and her MFA from the New School for Social Research. She has worked at non-profit organizations such as the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses and the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Spinning Jenny, 811 Books and elsewhere.

Charles Simic (Introduction) is the author of many books of poems, including The World Doesn’t End, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize. He teaches writing at the University of New Hampshire.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974635316
  • Publisher: Wave Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Brett Fletcher Lauer is the Poetry In Motion Director at the Poetry Society of America and poetry editor of CROWD Magazine. He is the co-editor of Poetry In Motion from Coast to Coast (W. W. Norton, 2002) and his poems have appeared in BOMB, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn. Aimee Kelley is the editor and publisher of CROWD Magazine. She received her BA in English from UC Berkeley and her MFA from the New School for Social Research. She has worked at non-profit organizations such as the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses and the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Spinning Jenny, 811 Books and elsewhere.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 17
from Your time has come 21
Poem to line my casket with, Ramona 22
Classic water 24
The various multitudes contained by the loves of my love 26
The history of the human body 27
By the skin of our luck 28
The endowment becoming less an institution 29
After Sappho 30
The only yak in Batesville, Virginia 31
A sudden rain in the green mountains 32
Targets and flowers (begun with lines from Breton) 34
Untitled 35
Good night, star 36
Trans-relational love poem 37
Self portrait in horse hair wig 39
Field guide to western intimacy 40
Once as thoth beside the sea 41
Driven by a strange desire 42
Isn't it romantic? 44
An error of the hydrographers 45
Reading postures 3 46
Atomic bride 47
The king with his queen 50
The compass room : east 51
Workers (attendants) 53
On the evening of a wedding 54
It was raining in delft 55
Letters from camp 56
Species of audibles 58
In defense of our overgrown garden 59
from The book of funnels 60
Clarinet 61
Interview with a piece of smoke 62
Look around 64
Animal house shape of God 65
Sway 66
Urban renewal xii 67
They loved these things too 68
Pyramus & thisbe 69
A wedding 70
Apology 71
Bicycle poem 72
The sore throat 73
Why I look at girls 75
Cho-Fu-Sa 77
In Las Vegas 79
Enough to say 81
The piano 82
Body cavity 83
Alba : Aberdeen 85
Confessions 86
Eros, Ethos, economuos 89
Hunting for cherubs 90
from The blaze of the Poui 91
Eclipsed 93
Manhattan valley 94
The skull ring 95
Just dump me on the palace steps 96
From a distance I can see 97
Subway in March, 5:45 p.m 98
Third maisie poem 100
[Calmly grass becomes a wave] 101
Wild is the wind 102
Ii:Ii 103
The saint's first wife said 104
Woe 105
[First fugue] 106
Ars poetica 107
Moveable figures 108
from Testimonial 110
Hotel lullaby 111
Vow II 112
Away from you the seafloor's longitudinal 113
Snow 114
Credo 115
Love, with trees and lightning 116
Dear 118
Me in paradise 119
Haiku 121
Also love you 123
Union Square 125
Romanticism 128
Heaven 131
Write like one walks 132
Love as fear of love in laughter 133
When the time comes 134
Prayer #3 136
from Spar 137
Lover 138
Spontaneous monument 139
from A room to share 141
January 11, 1997 142
Loved one 143
Without pity 145
Flame on 146
Venice, unaccompanied 147
Litany 149
Ten questions for Mona 153
Vertigo 155
A kind of catastrophe 157
Introduction to the CD by Matthew Zapruder 181
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