To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present


The first historical and contemporary anthology of Minnesota women poets, this anthology is edited by three prize-winning poets. Poems included range from the earliest poetry in Minnesota—oral song-poems of Ojibwe women—through the sounds and rhythms of early-twentieth-century formalism and contemporary free verse.
Arranged chronologically, these disparate poems are connected by the common thread of universal themes and reflect ...

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The first historical and contemporary anthology of Minnesota women poets, this anthology is edited by three prize-winning poets. Poems included range from the earliest poetry in Minnesota—oral song-poems of Ojibwe women—through the sounds and rhythms of early-twentieth-century formalism and contemporary free verse.
Arranged chronologically, these disparate poems are connected by the common thread of universal themes and reflect Minnesota’s diversity of women’s voices. Among the more than one hundred contributors are Harriet Bishop, Candace Black, Frances Densmore, Elaine Goodale Eastman, Mary Eastman, Louise Erdrich, Diane Glancy, and Patricia Hampl. Contributors’ biographies and suggestions for further reading are included. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898232325
  • Publisher: New Rivers Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Series: Many Minnesotans Series Series
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Connie Wanek was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota where she is a public librarian and renovates old houses with her husband. The author of two books, she is a 2006 Witter Bynner Fellow in Poetry. Joyce Sutphen lives in Chaska, Minnesota, and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She is the author of Naming the Stars, winner of a 2004 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry; Straight Out of View, winner of the 1994 Barnard New Women Poets Prize; and Coming Back to the Body. Thom Tammaro lives in Moorhead, Minnesota, and is Professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead and the 2001 Roland and Beth Dille Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. Tammaro is the author of two collections of poems, and co-editor of five anthologies, including Visiting Emily; Imagining Home: Writing from the Midwest; and Inheriting the Land, all Minnesota Book Award winners.

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Table of Contents

Ojibwe Love-charm Songs     27   1817-1883 Harriet Bishop
from Minnesota: Then and Now     28   1818-1887 Mary Henderson Eastman
The Wood Spirits and the Maiden     30
from Jenny Wade of Gettysburg     31   1854-1938 Ida Sexton Searls
from Ta-Gosh: An Indian Idyl     32   1862-1927 Lily Long
Black Grows     34
In Time     34
The Passing of the Indian, from Radisson, The Voyager; A Verse in Four Acts     35   1863-1953 Elaine Goodale Eastman
Christmas Carol     36
Harebell     37
The Cross and the Pagan     38   1865-1948 Marianne Clarke
Connecting Stars     39   1867-1957 Frances Densmore
The Path of the Moon on Mille Lac     40   1870-1943 Lily Lawrence Bow
Blossom Time     41   1872-1942 Marion Craig Wentworth
Farewell to Autumn     42   1873-1950 Edith Thompson
Dandelions     43
Kitchen Tea     44
Mande (Myself)     44   1874-1952 Mary Cummings Eudy
A Lovely Loneliness     45
Love     45
The Nude     45   1876-1956Grace Fallow Norton
Irina     46
Make No Vows     47
from The Miller's Youngest Daughter     48   1877-1968 Nellie Manley Buck
Bobbed Hair     50   1877-1969 Grace Noll Crowell
The Girl That I Used to Be     52
White Fire     53   1877-1929 Amy Robbins Ware
Strike Tents     54
En Route Again     55   1879-? Grace French Smith
Crosses     56
Imprisoned Womanhood     57   1880-1964 Anna Augusta Von Helmholtz-Phelan
I Lie Quite Still     58
O Bright, Bright King Tomorrow     58
The Price     59   1880-1956 Clara A. Clausen
Silver Land     60
The Trees     60
The Weaver     60   1883-1975 Nan Fitz-Patrick
A Letter on Fame to Tu Fu     61
Summer Night Landscape for Wang Wei     61   1883/4-? Maurine Hathaway
The Captive     62
The Difference     63   1884-1963 Margarette Ball Dickson
Easter     64
Tumbleweeds     64   1886-1924 Hazel Hall
Lingerie     65
Seams     66   1889-1972 Hazel Barrington Selby
Autumn     67
Wisdom     68   1889-1980 Gail White
The Elder Sister     69   1891-1974 Louise Leighton
To American Mothers     72
from Wilderness Journeys, 1659-1661     73
The Mediterranean     74   1895-1981 Carol Ryrie Brink
Bones of the Martyrs     75
New York Hotel     76
The Nun     76   1899-1949 Alison Brown
On St. Louis Bay     77   1899-1987 Sister Maris Stella
Grapes     78
I Who Had Been Afraid     78
Riddles     79   1900-1996 Meridel LeSueur
Rites of Ancient Ripening     80   1900-1963 Martha Ostenso
She Who Brings Winter     83
The Farmer's Wife     84
The Fisherman     85   1900-1989 Carleton Winston
Seven Years Ago     86   1907-1980 Edris Mary Probstfield
A Penny for Your Thoughts     88
L'envoi     88   1907-1976 Marion Thompson van Steenwyk
Autumn     89
Quietness     89   1908-1981 Irene Paull
To Bill Heikkila, American     90
Wall Street Honors the Unknown Soldier     91   1910-1995 Geraldine Ross
Love Potion     94
Three A.M.     95   1915-1999 Betty Bridgman
The Tire Swing     96
Letter of Introduction     97   1916 Lucille Broderson
Letter Never Sent     98   1921 Ruth F. Brin
September     99   1926 Mary A. Pryor
Oranges     100   1927 Joanne Hart
Fish     101   1928 Phebe Hanson
Cinderella     102
Sacred Heart     103
Sturdy Arms     104   1934 Carol Connolly
Shallows     105   1935 Edith Rylander
Too Good to Waste     107   1938 Jill Breckenridge
Jacob, Grossing Over     109
Will Sommers, Confederate Soldier     110   1940 Sharon Chmielarz
Another Love Letter     112   1941 Florence Chard Dacey
The Threshold     113   1941 Diane Glancy
American Miniaturist     115   1941 Eva Hooker
So Unlike Any Simple Thing I Know     117   1941 Mary Kay Rummel
A Little Helper     118   1942 Margot Fortunato Galt
Relations      119   1942 Susan Carol Hauser
Acorn     120   1942 Martha George Meek
Saint Stranger     122   1942 Monica Ochtrup
Alone     124   1942 Nancy Paddock
Bombers     125   1942 Madelon Sprengnether
Lot's Wife     127   1942 Cary Waterman
After the Pig Butchering     128
Me Learning to Dance     129   1943 Patricia Barone
Last Night on a Northern Lake     131   1943 Nancy Fitzgerald
Arrival: 1973     133   1944 Norita Dittberner-Jax
The Feast of the Holy Family     135   1944 Julie Landsman
Laos on the Radio     136   1944 Roseann Lloyd
Natt Og Dag: Return to Norway After 25 Years     138   1944 Freya Manfred
Inside the Boat House     139   1944 Mary Rose O'Reilley
The Foster Child     140   1946 Patricia Hampl
St. Paul: Walking     141
The Moment     141
Who We Will Love     142   1947 Linda Back McKay
Watermelon Hill     144   1948 Nancy Fredericksen
Flying Blue Angel     146   1948 Jean Jacobson
Skater      147   1949 Patricia Kirkpatrick
A Road in Northern Minnesota     148   1949 Joyce Sutphen
What to Pack     149   1950 Vicki Graham
Solstice     150   1950 Margaret Hasse
In a Sheep's Eye, Darling     151   1950 Deborah Keenan
Loving Motels     153   1951 Ethna McKiernan
The Scholar in the Playroom     155   1951 CarolAnn Russell
Fishing     156   1951 Ann Taylor Sargent
21 Postcards     157   1952 Marisha Chamberlain
Winter Washday     159   1952 Mary Logue
Song in Killeshandra     160   1952 Francine Sterle
Flat-backed Fox     161   1952 Connie Wanek
Jump Rope     162   1954 Louise Erdrich
Advice to Myself     163
Owls     164
Rez Litany     165   1954 Gail Rixen
Shell River     167   1954 Susan Steger Welsh
In Defense of Semicolons     168   1955 Sandy Beach
Slow Brown Fox     169   1955 Candace Black
Vigil     170   1956 Kate Lynn Hibbard
Kleptomania      171   1956 Leslie Adrienne Miller
Up North     172
Bridal Wear     173   1956 Sheila Packa
The Vermilion Trail     175   1957 Wang Ping
Opening the Face     177
What Holds     179   1957 Jane Whitledge
What It Was Like     180   1958 Ellie Schoenfeld
If I Were the Moon     182   1959 Diane Jarvenpa
Night Walk to the Sauna     183   1959 Athena Kildegaard
After the Death of His Brother's Wife     184   1960 Kathryn Kysar
The Pregnant Wife Eats Dirt     185   1960 Elizabeth Oness
Belleek     186   1962 Kirsten Dierking
Northern Oracle     188   1963 Betsy Brown
Hallways of a Diamond: January 2004     189   1963 Heid Erdrich
Animoosh     191
Stung     192   1963 Juliet Patterson
Index of First Lines     193   1964 Cullen Bailey Burns
I Have Made a Paper Boat     194   1964 Kelly Everding
Omens     195   1965 Deidre Pope
Anticipating Hoarfrost     196   1969 Pacyinz Lyfoung
She No Zen     197    1969 Anna George Meek
Democratic Vistas     198   1970 April Lott
Kitchen Sketch with Government Surplus     199   1971 Katrina Vandenberg
Record     200   1974 Sun Yung Shin
The Tourist's Prayer Bead Bracelet     202   1979 May M. Lee
Keys     204
For Further Reading     206
Contributors     209
About the Artist     234
About the Editors     235
Permissions     236
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    Lovely Poetry Collection

    The editors created an eclectic volume of poems by women poets of Minnesota. Poems represent many ages, topics, and viewpoints from the mid 1800's to present day. Well known poets as well as lesser known poets are included in the collection. Anyone who enjoys poetry and/or has ties to Minnesota would enjoy this book.

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