Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry

Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry

by Maria Mazziotti Gillan
     
 

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This powerful and moving collection of poems stretches across the boundaries of skin color, language, ethnicity, and religion to give voice to the lives and experiences of ethnic Americans. With extraordinary honesty, dignity, and insight, these poems address common themes of assimilation, communication, and self-perception. In recording everyday life in our many…  See more details below

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This powerful and moving collection of poems stretches across the boundaries of skin color, language, ethnicity, and religion to give voice to the lives and experiences of ethnic Americans. With extraordinary honesty, dignity, and insight, these poems address common themes of assimilation, communication, and self-perception. In recording everyday life in our many American cultures, they displace the myths and stereotypes that pervade our culture.

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Pat Monaghan
Imagine, if you will, a city bus in, say, Uptown in Chicago or any place else where a dozen American cultures collide. This anthology is like that. Singaporean feminist poet Shirley Geok-lin Lim is sitting next to Creek Indian Joy Harjo. Hawaiian Garrett Hongo is chatting with street-sounding David Hernandez. Enid Dame is talking about her radical Jewish family to African American Rita Dove. What could be cacophony turns instead into a kind of dissonant love song under the visionary editing of the mother-daughter Gillan team. The voices are vernacular and immediate, the net has been cast wide, and the organization is fine-tuned. An excellent anthology for the most general collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606192293
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2000

Meet the Author

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is an awardwinning poet and instructor whose volumes of poetry include Where I Come From, Things My Mother Told Me, and What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009. Her work has been appeared in a number of publications, including Boderlands, Prairie Schooner, Los Angeles Review, the Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times. She is the director of the creative writing program at Binghampton University—State University of New York and the executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. 

Jennifer Gillan is a professor of English and Media Studies at Bentley University. Her other books include Television & New Media: Must-Click TV, Understanding Reality TV, and Identity Lessons, coedited with Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

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