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The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology
     

The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology

by Michael Collier (Editor), Bread Loaf Writers Conference Of Middleb (Other)
 

The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference has a tradition of encouraging and supporting the most promising new and young writers in America. In The New American Poets, Michael Collier puts into published form the results of this honorable, important, and successful tradition with selections from over fifty poets representing a wide range of schools, styles, and voices.

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The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference has a tradition of encouraging and supporting the most promising new and young writers in America. In The New American Poets, Michael Collier puts into published form the results of this honorable, important, and successful tradition with selections from over fifty poets representing a wide range of schools, styles, and voices. Poets included are those under forty or those who have published a first book in the last five years. The inspired result is the first, most comprehensive collection of its kind.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
paper: 0-87451-964-0 These "new" poets are indeed new: almost all of the 54 contributors included in these pages are either under 40 or have published a first book within the past five years. Any anthology of this sort is risky by definition; one would be hard-pressed to count 54 really good American poets in the entire 20th century, much less in the last decade. Predictably, therefore, the quality of the poems varies widely, with the worst offenders too willing to hide behind banalities disguised as insights. But the volume's lovely surprise is that the strong poems far outnumber the weak. In general the writing is suffused with strangeness, originality, and, at times, pure genius. Collier, a poet and professor at the University of Maryland who also directs the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, has done an admirable job of opening the book to a broad range of styles and sensibilities. The result is an anthology that, rather than privileging something called a "realist" or "experimental" tradition, shows clearly how these young writers, whose short biographies tell tales of diverse influences and demographics, have embarked on the ambitious project of remapping the boundaries of American poetry itself. From the startling linguistic experiments of D.A. Powell and Mary Jo Bang to the sensitive formalism of Greg Williamson to the cool revelations of Pimone Triplett and Maurice Kilwein Guevara, this writing belies the stereotype of American poetry as moribund, instead making a convincing argument that it is as lively and rich as ever. As Olena Kalytiak Davis writes in "Sweet Reader, Flanneled and Tulled," "Reader unmov'd andReaderunshaken, Reader unsedc'd / and unterrified, through the long-loud and the sweet-still / I creep toward you." These poets should not have to creep; readers should flock to their vibrant, exciting voices.

From the Publisher
“In general the writing is suffused with strangeness, originality, and, at times, pure genius. Collier . . . has done an admirable job of opening the book to a broad range of styles and sensibilities. The result is an anthology that, rather than privileging something called a ‘realist’ or ‘experimental’ tradition, shows clearly how these young writers, whose short biographies tell tales of diverse inflences and demographics, have embarked on the ambitious project of remapping the boundaries of American poetry itself . . . readers should flock to their vibrant, exciting voices.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874519631
Publisher:
Bread Loaf Writers' Conference
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Series:
Bread Loaf Anthology
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.15(d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL COLLIER is Director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and Professor of English at University of Maryland. He is author of four books of poetry, including The Ledge (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) and The Folded Heart (1989). He is editor of The Wesleyan Tradition: Four Decades of American Poetry and coeditor, with Stanley Plumly, of The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (1999).

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