The New Young American Poets: An Anthology

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Poetry today holds mainstream attention as never before. From community workshops to reading groups, from coffee house poetry slams to small press lit mags, from universities to web 'zines, the world of poetry has become part of our everyday lives. Demonstrating the range and vitality of the new generation of American writers, The New Young American Poets features the work of forty poets born since 1960.

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Overview

Poetry today holds mainstream attention as never before. From community workshops to reading groups, from coffee house poetry slams to small press lit mags, from universities to web 'zines, the world of poetry has become part of our everyday lives. Demonstrating the range and vitality of the new generation of American writers, The New Young American Poets features the work of forty poets born since 1960.

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Editorial Reviews

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“There are so many good poems here . . . that the future of American poetry looks bright, indeed.”—Booklist (starred review)

“These ‘young’ poets’ seriousness of intent, and their freedom from the solipsism of many who came immediately before them, bode well for American poetry in the new century. By and large, the kids are alright.”Literal Latte

“I invite the reader to join me in  . . . discover[ing] just how real, how rich, how rewarding our new poetry might be.”—Richard Howard, from the Foreword

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809323098
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1969, Kevin Prufer grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and is now an associate professor in the creative writing program at Central Missouri State University. His first collection of poetry, StrangeWood, won the Winthrop Poetry Series and was published in 1998. He coedits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.

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Table of Contents

A Foreword Looking Backwards
Introduction
I Would Steal Horses 1
The Exaggeration of Despair 1
Evolution 2
Theology 3
You Don't Know What Happened When You Froze 4
My Shining Archipelago 5
For Want 7
Origin Charm Against Uncertain Injuries 8
Riffing 10
Three Amoretti 11
Portishead Suite 12
That's Not in My Job Description 15
Nocturne: My Sister Life 21
A Sleeping Man Must Be Awakened to Be Killed 23
Legend of the Albino Farm 24
Rondeau at the Train Stop 26
What the Body Told 27
The Battle Hymn of the Republic 27
Asylum 29
My Childhood in Another Part of the World 29
Towards Curing AIDS 30
"When the grain is golden and the wind is chilly, then it is the time to harvest" 32
Little Brown Brother 35
The Filipino Politician 36
Votive Candles 37
The map room 38
El periferico, or sleep 38
"An archive of confessions, a genealogy of confessions" 39
"Alas, that is the name of our town; I have been concealing it all this time" 40
Mary Warren's Sampler 41
Publick Fast on Account of the Afflicted: March 31, 1692 42
The Mother: Dorcas Good 43
John Winthrop, "Reasons to be Considered for ... the Intended Plantation in New England," 1629 45
Sex with a Famous Poet 46
Ego 47
I'm Dealing with My Pain 48
How Much Is This Poem Going to Cost Me? 49
Atomic Bride 52
Star Child 55
Sir Nose D'VoidofFunk 56
Practice 58
Democracy 60
Admirals (Columbus) 60
The Ghost of Santo Domingo 61
Two Girls 62
Letter to My Mother 64
My Androgynous Years 66
The Joy Addict 67
Los Angeles, the Angels 68
Soon 69
Numbers 72
Pure Pop 74
My Father's Heroes 76
When Our Women Go Crazy 78
Grossdaadi's Funeral 78
Mennonites 79
Green, Market, New York 80
Eve's Striptease 81
Women Must Put Off Their Rich Apparel 83
Concerning the Islands Newly Discovered 84
Taxonomy 85
The Imperfect Is Our Paradise 86
Falling 86
Ariel Singing 88
Vox Angelica 88
Kindertotenlieder 90
Poem 91
Sunday 92
Heartsong 93
Watermelon Tales 94
Before 97
Disasterology 99
D 100
Following Her to Sleep 102
Logic in the House of Sawed-Off Telescopes 103
The First Trimester 105
Delphos, Ohio 107
Spring Comes to Chicago 109
Wheatfield Under Clouded Sky 111
My Least Skirtable Deficiency 112
On Inheriting Departure 113
"We Are Easily Reduced" 114
How Came What Came Alas 115
The Turn of Privacy 117
The Breath He Holds 118
I, the Neighbor Mr. Uskovich, Watch Every Morning Kenji Takezo Hold His Breath 119
The Really Long Ride 121
From Rooftops, Kenji Takezo Throws Himself 121
Kenji Takezo Becomes Water 122
Love Poem 124
Bacchanal 126
Beekeeper 126
The Sea Monkeys 128
Days like Prose 129
The Vandals 130
Another Poem about the Vandals 131
Cruelty, the Vandals Say 132
The God of Pepper 134
No Fool, the God of Salt 135
[nicholas the ridiculous: you will always be 27 and impossible. no more expectations] 137
[the thicknesses of victor decreased: blanket->sheet->floss. until no material would do] 138
[sleek mechanical dart: the syringe noses into the blue vein marking the target of me] 139
[who won't praise green. each minute to caress each minute blade of spring. green slice us open] 140
[sonnet] 141
[darling can you kill me: with your mickeymouse pillows] 142
Testimonial 143
Brooklyn Bridge 146
Precision German Craftsmanship 146
Gliding Toward the Lamps 147
The Hunger of the Lemur 147
Why I Forgive My Younger Self Her Transgressions 149
Falling in Love after Forty 150
Midnight Supper 150
AIDS Education, Seventh Grade 152
Crepuscule 154
Rear Window 155
April 156
Bird Nests 156
Small Pleasures 157
The Difficult Music 160
Another Version of an Ocean 161
Motive 162
The Gods at Three A.M. 162
Holy Ghost 164
Triage 165
Axiom of Maria 166
Occupant of the House 167
Mardi Gras Premortem 168
First Death 168
The Bicycle Racers 169
Purple Loosestrife 170
Rouge 171
Naola Beauty Academy, New Orleans, Louisiana 1943 173
Bellocq's Ophelia 174
Photograph of a Bawd Drinking Raleigh Rye 175
Cameo 176
Daffodils 177
Slupwreck Poem 178
Untitled ["Shrewd star, who crudes our naming..."] 179
Untitled ["I won't go in today..."] 180
Untitled ["We did things more dulcet..."] 180
Urban Gallery 182
Drinks in the Town Square 183
A Rival 184
The Late Show 185
Poem for a New Year 186
The Dark Days 188
Bodies of Water 192
Appalachian Trees Encircled by Police Tape 192
Belvedere Marittimo 193
Elegy 194
Space Parable 194
Long Distance 195
Dux Bellorum 196
Michael Masse 198
Waterfowl Descending 199
Americana 201
Everlasting Quail 202
The Bruise of This 204
From a Vacant House 205
Take Good Care of Yourself 205
The Anchorage 207
Quivira City Limits 209
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland in Allenwood, Pennsylvania 210
Letters from the North Star 212
Campbell's Black Bean Soup 213
Langston Hughes 214
Acknowledgments 217
Contributors 223
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