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Looking for Your Name: A Collection of Contemporary Poems

Looking for Your Name: A Collection of Contemporary Poems

by Paul B. Janeczko

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Hazel Rochman
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one place where you find "your name" in this collection that confronts dark facts and images of the American popular imagination. Janeczko has moved far from the strongly male, pastoral kind of poetry that dominated his early fine collections. This time the conflict is in the city, and in soldiers' clinging memories of children burned by napalm, and in girls on the firing line of family violence. There are lots of strong women's voices--Christine Hemp, Sheryl L. Nelms, Grace Paley, and others--and a few poems about gay and lesbian relationships. There's boisterous sports poetry, such as Jonathon Holden's "Ice Hockey," with its wild, skimming movement, and Ann Townsend's "Play," with its celebration of tough, hard tennis and a girl's wanting to win. There's wry love poetry, including a piece about Frankenstein's wife, who writes to Ann Landers. Many of these poems are grim--"America, it's hard to get your attention politely," says David Baker--but though they deal with harsh daily reality, both political and domestic (layoffs, AIDS, suicide, etc.), there are no shouting slogans. The best poetry shows its power to control fists and grief in intensely personal moments of enduring fragility.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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6.21(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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