Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary

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Jersey Shore Publications, the publisher of beautiful books about New Jersey, is pleased to announce the publication of its newest title, The Poets of New Jersey. Celebrating sixty-five extraordinary poets who have lived and worked in New Jersey, from Colonial times to the present, many of the poets included in this anthology are among America's finest. Stephen Dunn, the Pulitzer Prize poet, originally from Port Republic, writes the Foreword; X. J. Kennedy, the renowned poet, originally from Dover (whose ...
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Jersey Shore Publications, the publisher of beautiful books about New Jersey, is pleased to announce the publication of its newest title, The Poets of New Jersey. Celebrating sixty-five extraordinary poets who have lived and worked in New Jersey, from Colonial times to the present, many of the poets included in this anthology are among America's finest. Stephen Dunn, the Pulitzer Prize poet, originally from Port Republic, writes the Foreword; X. J. Kennedy, the renowned poet, originally from Dover (whose comprehensive text, Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama, has taught generations of college students), writes the Introduction. The three editors, Emanuel di Pasquale from Long Branch, Frank Finale from Bayville, and Sander Zulauf from Andover, all poets themselves, had one simple criterion in compiling the works: they "wanted to hear the pure, clear words of the poets who have called this place home." They were interested in the sum of poetic greatness distilled from life in this state—the poetry New Jersey poets have written, whether New Jersey oriented or not. The editors reached back to the earliest poets, including Philip Freneau, the Revolutionary War's "Father of American Poetry" from Freehold; Walt Whitman, the "revolutionizer" of poetry from Camden; and Stephen Crane, the poet from Newark who bridged the realists to the moderns. They included three key figures of modernism, William Carlos Williams of Rutherford, Marianne Moore of Chatham, and Kenneth Burke of Andover, as well as their direct descendants—the poets of the Beat Generation—Allen Ginsberg from Paterson and Amiri Baraka from Newark. New Jersey's three other current Pulitzer Prize poets, Yusef Komunyakaa, C. K. Williams, and Paul Muldoon, all of Princeton, are also included. The result is a beautiful book of poetry for the ages. As X. J. Kennedy writes in his Introduction, "Without New Jersey, the world today would be darker and quieter; and contemporary American poetry, inconceivable."

Featuring poems by 65 New Jersey poets, including:
A. R. Ammons * Kenneth Burke * Stephen Crane * Stephen Dobyns * Stephen Dunn Philip Freneau * Allen Ginsberg * X. J. Kennedy * Joyce Kilmer * Yusef Komunyakaa Maxine Kumin * Denise Levertov * Timothy Liu * W. S. Merwin * Marianne Moore Paul Muldoon * Joyce Carol Oates * Dorothy Parker * Robert Pinsky * David Shapiro Gerald Stern * Theodore Weiss * Richard Wilbur * Walt Whitman * C. K. Williams William Carlos Williams * Elinor Wylie

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* On both editions, precious gold type and accents are stamped on the covers and spine (as well as the case of the hardcover edition) adding distinctive, classic beauty
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963290694
  • Publisher: Jersey Shore Pubn
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 1,260,501
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

FOREWORD ix
by Stephen Dunn

INTRODUCTION xi
by X. J. Kennedy

EDITORIAL NOTE xv
by Emanuel di Pasquale, Frank Finale, and Sander Zulauf

PHILIP FRENEAU 1
The Indian Burying Ground 1
The Wild Honey Suckle 3

WALT WHITMAN 4
from Song of Myself
1, 6, 31, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52 4
Roaming in Thought 13
A Farm Picture 13
A Child's Amaze 13
The Runner 13
Beautiful Women 14
Mother and Babe 14
Thought 14
Visor'd 14
Thought 15
A Noiseless Patient Spider 15
from Fancies at Navesink:
Had I the Choice 16
Locusts and Katydids 17

STEPHEN CRANE 18
from The Black Riders
III 18
from Intrigue
X 19
from War Is Kind
XXI 19
from The Black Riders
XXIV 20

WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS 21
To Waken an Old Lady 21
Spring and All 22
The Dance 23
Danse Russe 24

ELINOR WYLIE 25
The Puritan's Ballad 25

JOYCE KILMER 28
Trees 28

MARIANNE MOORE 29
The Fish 29
Poetry 31

DOROTHY PARKER 33
Resume 33
News Item 33

LOUIS GINSBERG 34
Song 34

KENNETH BURKE 35
Poems of Abandonment 35
The Wrens 37

JOHN CIARDI 38
The Catalpa 38

THEODORE WEISS 39
The Fire at Alexandria 39

RICHARD WILBUR 41
Jorge Guillen: The Horses 41
Advice to a Prophet 42
Love Calls Us to the Things of This World 44

DENISE LEVERTOV 46
The Ache of Marriage 46
O Taste and See 47
Mad Song 48

GERALDINE CLINTON LITTLE 49
Creek Rites 49

GERALD STERN 51
The Dancing 51
Lucky Life 52
On the Island 54

MAXINE KUMIN 56
How It Goes On 56

A. R. AMMONS 58
Gravelly Run 58
Motion Which Disestablishes Organizes Everything 60

ALLEN GINSBERG 63
A Supermarket in California 63
To Aunt Rose 65

W. S. MERWIN 67
Leviathan 67
The Drunk in the Furnace 69
Fog-horn 70

JEAN HOLLANDER 71
End of Memory 71

X. J. KENNEDY 72
In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus One Day 72
Five-and-Dime, Late Thirties 74
For Allen Ginsberg 76

GLORIA ROVDER HEALY 77
The Power and the Glory 77

AMIRI BARAKA 79
Monk's World 79
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note 81

MADELINE TIGER 82
Learning to Read Sky 82
Bird Song 84

ROBERT BENSE 86
Halflife of the Finite 86

BOB McKENTY 88
First Fruit 88
The Lamb 88
The Lion 89
Mystery 89
Uneasy Lies the Tooth That Needs a Crown 89

D. E. STEWARD 90
Octubre 90

C. K. WILLIAMS 95
Invisible Mending 95
Night 97

GRACE CAVALIERI 100
The Perfect Day 100
Blue-Green Spirit 102
A Classic Epic Begins 103

ALICIA OSTRIKER 104
The Nature of Beauty 104
Middle-Aged Woman at a Pond 106

LAURA BOSS 107
Airborne: Listening to the Reports of JFK Jr.'s Plane Missing After Leaving Caldwell Airport 107

JOYCE CAROL OATES 110
Sparrow Hawk above a New Jersey Cornfield 110
Night Driving 112

WILLIAM J. HIGGINSON 113
One Maple Leaf 113
Crescent Moon 113
Moonlight Glitters 113
Father Dead 113

STEPHEN DUNN 114
Achilles in Love 114
A Postmortem Guide 116
The Metaphysicians of South Jersey 118

ROBERT PINSKY 119
The Figured Wheel 119
Jersey Rain 122

MARIA MAZZIOTTI GILLAN 123
Mrs. Sinnegan's Dogwood 123

THOMAS REITER 126
Rainbarrel 126
Going into the Barrens 128
Dragonfly 129

PENNY HARTER 130
Lizard Light 130

JIM HABA 131
Yes 131

DANIELA GIOSEFFI 132
Beyond the East Gate 132

TOI DERRICOTTE 134
In Knowledge of Young Boys 134

STEPHEN DOBYNS 136
The Gardener 136

LOIS MARIE HARROD 139
Horseshoe Crabs 139
The Mist 142

FRANK FINALE 143
City Girls at Seaside Heights 143
The Pond 144
Ruffed Grouse 145

EMANUEL di PASQUALE 146
Extended Memory (Sicily) 146
Always Finish with a Poem 148
Turkey Duck 149

DANIEL ZIMMERMAN 150
Last Breath 150

SANDER ZULAUF 151
Where Time Goes 151
Jersey Lightning 153
Elegy for Wally 154

CHARLES H. JOHNSON 156
A Tragedy 156
The Old West 157

YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA 158
Venus's-flytraps 158
Ambush 161
Facing It 162

JOE SALERNO 163
In the Dark 163
Moose Love 164

DAVID SHAPIRO 165
The Seasons 165

ROCHELLE RATNER 172
Person with a Mask On 172
The First Day on Feverfew 177

RENEE ASHLEY 178
Entertaining the Angel 178
For Brigit in Illinois 180
The Revisionist's Dream (I) 183

AUGUST KLEINZAHLER 184
Storm Over Hackensack 184
The Strange Hours Travelers Keep 185

JAMES RICHARDSON 186
Another End of the World 186
Anyway 187

PETER MURPHY 188
The Painters 188
The Truth 190

PAUL MULDOON 192
Why Brownlee Left 192
Hedgehog 193
Anseo 194
The Loaf 196

CATHERINE DOTY 197
"For May Is the Month of Our Mother" 197
Momentum 199

GRETNA WILKINSON 200
The Amen Corner 200

JOE WEIL 202
Bay Way, Elizabeth, Six A.M., EST 202
Morning at the Elizabeth Arch 204

RICH YOUMANS 205
Ice Storm 205

TIMOTHY LIU 207
Walking Alone at Ocean's Edge 207
Next Day 208

MATTHEW SPANO 209
March 209
Scenic 209
Unruly 209
Tropical 210
Through 210

BJ WARD 211
Roy Orbison's Last Three Notes 211
The Star-Ledger 213

Copyrights, Permissions, & Acknowledgments 215
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