New Poems from the Third Coast: Contemporary Michigan Poetry

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In 1976, Wayne State University Press published The Third Coast: Contemporary Michigan Poetry, an anthology that offered a sampling of the best poetry written by Michigan writers. A second Third Coast anthology was published in 1988 with many new poets and a wider range of styles. New Poems from the Third Coast continues that tradition with fifty-six writers from across the state sharing their poetic glimpses of trout streams, schoolrooms, and restaurants, as well as portraits of friends, families, lovers, and life in Michigan. Although this collection is only a sampling of the rich literary culture alive in Michigan, New Poems from the Third Coast is a lively, and carefully-crafted collection of poems from a variety of Michigan voices. Michael Delp, Conrad Hilberry, and Josie Kearns have balanced the old and the new and combined them in a strong contribution to contemporary poetry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814327968
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Great Lakes Bks.
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Delp is the director of creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy. He is the author of numerous books, including The Coast of Nowhere; Meditations on Rivers, Lakes, and Streams (Wayne State University Press, 1997), Under the Influence of Water; Poems, Essays, and Stories (Wayne State University Press, 1992), and Over the Graves of Horses (Wayne State University Press, 1989).

Conrad Hilberry is professor of English at Kalamazoo College. He is the author of Player Piano (Louisiana State University Press, 1999), Sorting the Smoke (University of Iowa Press, 1990), Luke Karamazov (Wayne State University Press, 1987), and The Moon Seen as a Slice of Pineapple (University of Georgia Press, 1984).

Josie Kearns is a professor of English at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Life After the Line (Wayne State University, 1990) and New Numbers (New Issues Press, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Foreword 10
Preface 12
The Spanish Professor
The Boy Who Loved Butterflies
Gifts from Meiling
One of the Last Times I Saw You
Watching for Meteors on Nestucca Bay 14
At Slea Head, County Kerry, Spring
The Heron
The Mourning Dove 20
Yellow Archipelago
A Poe Story
Detroit, City of Straits
Machines 26
Beautiful Zombies
Last Days at Petland on Aurora Avenue
Definition of Space: Giacometti, 1901-1966 32
The River Inside
The River Everywhere 38
Windy City
Today, Tonight
Overhead Fan
Inspiration 44
Arlington Street 50
Amber Necklace from Gdansk
Dancing with My Sister
Our Last Day in Krakow
Portrait of My Father, Learning to Count 56
Call The Mainland
Close 62
World Enough
In the spectrum of light 68
For the Taking
from The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep
Fish Dying on the Third Floor at Barneys 74
Issa Casts a Dry Fly at the Moon
This River
Fish Flies
Two Dogs with Children 80
from Geo-Bestiary 86
Building a Painting a Home
Plus Shipping
Other Lives and Dimensions and Finally a Love Poem
Finally I Buy X-Ray Glasses 92
The Expatriates
Lullaby after the Rain
Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi 98
In the Backyard
The Gardener
Monet's Garden 104
San Diego Good-Bye
Johnny B.
Teach Africa
Things Ain't What They Used to Be
Detroit Addendum 110
Shipping Papers 116
Spectators As We Are
Syzygy in Center Field 122
Cocktail Waitress
My Heart 128
New Numbers: Xelah Xalong, Quaro, Hystra 134
The Raccoon
Poem with Wisteria Growing along Its Margin 140
Death on U.S. 131
Cigarette Break
A Poem about Blue Gills
Three Stories about Owls 146
An Evening Walk to the Sea by Friesians
Bishop's Island
The Old Operating Theatre, London
Still Life in Milford - Oil on Canvas by Lester Johnson 152
On Corcovado Mountain
Reluctant Light
"The Sun Do Move"
Renewal 158
Black Light
On Becoming Bird 164
Horse Hair Mattress
Spring Thaw
A Hog Slaughtering Woman 170
The Thing He Regretted
Woman of Wood
Woman of Water 176
Poaching with Darby and Happy Harry
Eating Fire
The Size of Heaven
"I with no rights in the matter" 182
Poem for My Mother
Block Party
Line from a Journal
Last Night, an Owl 188
Deer at the Door
At Manitoulin
The Language of Whales
October Light 194
The Limitation of Beautiful Recipes
The Right Empowerment of Light
A Hot Time in a Small Town 200
Renoir's Bathers
Rapture Three 206
Paradise, Michigan
In the Time of Blithe Astonishments
The Fold-Out Atlas of the Human Body 212
What I Learned at "Down the Road" Cafe
Hiding Places for the Trout
Because This Did Not Happen to Me
Awakening 218
When You Finish Your First Real Poem
Slice of Life
Pocket Watches
Two for Tin Pan Alley 224
Hard Work
What Is Our Deepest Desire? 230
Moon through an Amber Glass
A Postcard from My Mother
Angels 236
Aftereffects of Bell's Palsy
Our Third Wedding Reception This Year Hits Its Stride
The Sword 242
Charon in August
Terrible 248
Cheese Lines, Flint, Michigan
Solving for Zero 254
I Am Wearing Your Shirt
First Cut
Against Elegies 260
Julie Ann in the Bone Marrow Unit, Zion, Illinois
Interlochen Center for the Arts 266
The Blue Turtle
The Most Terrible and Beautiful Thing
In a Field of Sunlight 272
Widow's Peak
The Girl Who Would Live 278
The Dance
Rising 284
Matrimony 290
The Off Season
The Wine Spectator
Second Marriage 296
The White Kid
Carnival Worker
Boys in Boxing Poses
Epilogues from Seven Unsuccessful Stories about My Father 302
The Last Cherry Bomb
What Opens
Death at Camp Pahoka
Joining Hands 308
Father in October
His Days
A Morning
Tea 314
When the Babe Stormed New York
Wooden Ducks
Maris and Dylan Came Scowling out of Hibbing, Minnesota 320
In February
Outside of Town
Painting Shutters
Miles Davis
Making a Fire 326
Blue Nails
Costa Rican Coffee
Wanting Bees
Beauty 332
Late Raking
Wolf Moon Morning
Planning of Paris, First Time
Why We Love Men Dancing 338
X and Y
How to Draw a Crow
Losing It 344
Tribute to Four Michigan Poets
Philip Legler 352
Lawrence Pike 354
Stephen Tudor 356
John Woods 358
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