The American Voice Anthology of Poetry

Overview

The American Voice looks to find the vital edge of modern American writing. The journal, whose contributors come from the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, often publishes work by writers denied access to mainstream journals. Writings from its pages have been regularly reprinted in prize annuals such as The Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, and Best American Essays.

This fifteenth anniversary anthology collects eighty poems from some of the most original and daring writers of...

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Overview

The American Voice looks to find the vital edge of modern American writing. The journal, whose contributors come from the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, often publishes work by writers denied access to mainstream journals. Writings from its pages have been regularly reprinted in prize annuals such as The Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, and Best American Essays.

This fifteenth anniversary anthology collects eighty poems from some of the most original and daring writers of our time. The anthology's contributors range from the world famous Jorge Luis Borges, Marge Piercy, May Swenson to the newly emerging Marie Sheppard Williams, Suzanne Gardinier, Robyn Selman and from the nationally read Wendell Berry, Reynolds Price, Barbara Kingsolver to the distinctly regional George Ella Lyon, Jane Gentry, James Still.

This volume brings together some of the best selections from an award-winning journal, making clear why Small Press dubbed The American Voice one of the "most impressive journals in the country."

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Editorial Reviews

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"These first-rate poems, written by newly published, as well as veteran, men, and women of letters in a variety of forms on a multiplicity of topics highlight the social, political, and personal aspects of the human condition." — Elisabeth Beattie

"In a world so often focused on the boundaries that divide us, it is refreshing to encounter a volume that respects our differences in perspective but also reveres our common humanity. The searching voices of these poems, whose explorations range from daydreams to deathbeds, bring the reader to the edge of tragedy and back again." — Louisville Courier Journal

"The searching voices of these poems, whose explorations range from daydreams to deathbeds, bring the reader to the edge of tragedy and back again." — Louisville Courier Journal

"In a world so often focused on the boundaries that divide us, it is refreshing to encounter a volume that respects our differences in perspective but also reveres our common humanity." — Louisville Courier-Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813109565
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Text Is Flesh 1
What I Learned in the Wars 4
One of Us 6
The Heart of Quang Duc 7
One of Lee's Soldiers 9
Laborare Est Orare 10
Sacred Heart 11
Evensong 12
Fixing the Barn 14
Woman Ironing 16
"For Those Dead, Our Dead ..." 17
The Long Way Around 19
The Week 20
Autumn Leaves 21
Lady of the Haystack 22
For a Birthday 24
Poem of the Foreigners' Moment in Our Jungle 25
Broadway 27
So Much of My Garden Is Iris 30
Anoint the Ariston 31
Puritans 33
Gravity 35
Lynx Light 38
Where Blind Sorrow Is Taught to See 39
My Mother's Clothes 41
Sonnet for the Last Empress of China 42
By the Waters of Babylon 43
Against Elegies 44
Cape Light 49
Drum 50
One Note Tolling 51
A Court Proposal 53
Winter Apples 54
The Music Lesson 55
After the Hurricane 57
Deadline 58
Camouflaging the Chimera 60
Persistent Heat 62
The Wandering Words 63
Aphasia 64
A Story 65
In that Desert 66
For Ishi 67
Silence 68
Guatemala, Your Name 69
Skull-Light 71
Quilt of Rights 72
Snafu 73
The New Stove 74
Woman, Embracing Tree 75
Animal Catechism 76
The Evening News 78
Redemption Songs 87
Willow 89
To a Daughter Leaving Home 90
Dead Waters 91
The Dream of Salt 92
Sarah Shawcross 93
Goodbye to Robert Graves 94
Avec Amour 95
Backcountry 99
Small Talk 101
In Memoriam 103
Lies 105
Entry 106
Apples in the Well 107
Metamorphosis 108
Graveyard Quilt 109
The Lone Pedestrian 110
The Dialectic of Snow in the Phases of Wonder 118
In Memory of a Closed House 119
The World Is 120
An Unceasing Flow of Tears 122
X: For Patrick Henisse, Dead of AIDS, In Memory 123
Amma's Ruby 124
Invitation 125
Exile: Jerusalem 128
Sonya 129
Mother's Day 130
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