A Writer's Country : A Collection of Fiction and Poetry / Edition 1

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Overview

Compiled by the editors of the award-winning Clackamas Literary Review, this anthology of twenty short stories and fifty poems gives readers the opportunity to read from a broad range of styles, perspectives, and generations spanning the last century. The anthology is not separated by genre, as are most literature anthologies available today (but rather loosely co-mingles poems and stories according to gradually developing themes); and places canonized writing, and some lesser known yet accomplished writing, together under the same cover. Includes Writer biographies. Features works by James Joyce, Alice Munro, Alice Walker, Gracey Paley, Tim O'Brien, Jamaica Kincaid, Bobbie Ann Mason, William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, John Cheever, Raymond Carver, Melissa Pritchard, Jorge Luis Borges, John Wolff, Ernest Hemingway, Anton Chekhov, Carolyn Forche, Flannery O'Connor, Mary Robinson, Gary Soto, Sharon Olds, Joy Hado, Rohert Hayden, Gary Thompson, Wiliam Stafford, Walt McDonald, Alberto Rios, Theodore Roethke, Marilynne Chin, Gary Snyder, Linda Hogan, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Anne Sexton, Daisy Zamora, Lucille Clifton, Emily Dickinson, Stephen Dobyns, Octavio Paz, James Haggard, Lanston Hughes, Rita Dove, Carolyn Kizer, Naomi Shihab Nye, Donald Hall, Jimmy Santiago Boca, Maya Angelou, Claribe Alegria, Elizabeth Bishop, James Dickey, Richard Hugo, Denise Levertov, Mary Oliver, James Wright, Jim Harrison, Robert Frost. For anyone interested in Twentieth-Century short stories or poems or Creative Writing (fiction and poetry).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130274410
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/31/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST ED..
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFF KNORR: A specialist in both technical writing and poetry at Clackamas Community College, Jeff coordinates the department's efforts in computer-assisted instruction. Jeff and his co-author Tim Schell have also launched the Clackamas Literary Review, a prestigious national literary magazine, which offers a contest and poetry, fiction, and essays by leading writers.

TIM SCHELL: Committed to promoting writing, Tim also created the Clackamas Literary Review and serves as co-editor with Jeff Knorr. He specializes in the teaching—and writing—of fiction at Clackamas. He has won the prestigious Martindale Prize for Long Fiction in 1993 and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for a story published in 1995.

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Preface

A Writer's Country was conceived with two purposes in mind: (1) to provide a companion anthology to creative writing courses and (2) to provide an anthology that could be used for an introduction to literature course. For both of these cases, we have tried to provide an anthology wherein students of writing and literature have the opportunity to read from a broad range of styles, perspectives, and generations spanning the last century. These selections, although arranged to be a cohesive collection, provide a glimpse into the varied terrain of the lives and hearts of the writers, the characters represented, and the regions from which they come.

It is our hope that A Writer's Country will be an appealing anthology for creative writing instructors to use as a companion reader to their creative writing texts. It could also act as a textual tool for instructors who would like to have readings available to students but who use their own apparatus to teach. A Writer's Country will also be appealing to graduate-level creative writing instructors that it will provide the students a rich assortment of canonized literature as well as contemporary voices that instructors often want their students to find in literary journals. Outside of creative writing, A Writer's Country will be a manageable anthology for an introduction to literature course for both English and non-English majors.

Approach

A Writer's Country is a collection of twenty short stories and fifty-four poems. We transferred the process and approach of editing a literary review to editing a literature anthology, placing canonized writing, and some lesser-known yet accomplished writing, together under the same cover. As in a literary review, the literature in this book is not separated by genre as is the case in most literature anthologies available today. We feel that short stories and poems should be allowed to mingle in their inherent symbiosis, and that separating them with sections labeled Fiction and Poetry is a parochial practice that fosters the false dilemma of either fiction or poetry but not both.

This rich and varied collection of literature consists of work by men and women with which the reader will be familiar and by those encountered for the first time; regardless, these voices celebrate together the wonder and power of literature. Their arrangement is not by elements of fiction or poetry (i.e., plot, voice, point of view) nor are the pieces in this book interrupted with apparatus discussing those elements. By having the genres and themes comingle, we hope that students might achieve new ways of looking at a poem and a story. Finally, the arrangement for the anthology was directed by the themes and nuances that emerged from the stories and poems themselves. The process of placing all of the stories and poems together was something akin to traveling down roads one knows but finding alternate routes to travel, to parallel the initial journey, to create new adventures.

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank all of the writers and the deceased writers' estates for their cooperation and support for this anthology. As well, special thanks to our editor, Carrie Brandon, whose support, enthusiasm, and creative ideas helped this anthology to reach the readers. Furthermore, we'd like to thank Beverly Froelich for her diligent and thorough research assistance. And thanks to Sandy Hraszdira and all the other folks at Prentice Hall who have put in so many hours on this anthology. Finally, special thanks to Sachiko and Maya Schell and Diane and Gabriel Knorr who provided the unending familial support that allows a project like this to begin at all.

Jeff Knorr,
Tim Schell

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Table of Contents

FICTION.

James Joyce, Araby.

Alice Munro, Boys and Girls.

Alice Walker, Everyday Use.

Grace Paley, Wants.

Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried.

Ron Carlson, Blazo.

Jamaica Kincaid, Girl.

Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh.

William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily.

Gabriel Garcia Márquez, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World.

John Cheever, The Enormous Radio.

Raymond Carver, Feathers.

Melissa Pritchard, Sweet Feed.

Jorge Luis Borges, The Garden of Forking Paths.

Tobias Wolff, Hunters in the Snow.

Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants.

Stephen Crane, The Open Boat.

Anton Chekhov, The Lady with the Pet Dog.

Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find.

Mary Robinson, Yours.

POETRY.

Gary Soto, Oranges. Black Hair.

Sharon Olds, Rite of Passage.

Maxine Kumin, Family Reunion. Woodchucks.

Joy Harjo, Remember.

Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays.

Gary Thompson, The Fathers.

Kevin Stein, Rhetoric.

Wiliam Stafford, Traveling through the Dark. Ask Me. At the Bomb Testing Site.

Walt McDonald, A Thousand Miles of Stars.

Alberto Rios, Some Extensions on the Sovereignty of Science.

Theodore Roethke, My Papa's Waltz.

Marilyn Chin, Turtle Soup.

Gary Snyder, Axe Handles.

Linda Hogan, Crossings.

Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Blown.

Anne Sexton, The Abortion.

Daisy Zamora, Lineage.

Lucille Clifton, at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, South Carolina, 1989. For deLawd.

Emily Dickinson, A Light Exists in Spring.

Alice Walker, a woman is not a potted plant.

Stephen Dobyns, Cézanne's Doubts. Pablo Neruda.

Octavio Paz, Wind and Water and Stone.

James Hoggard, Storm Watch.

Robert Hass, Happiness. House.

Lanston Hughes, The Weary Blues. Dream Variations.

Rita Dove, Weathering Out. Teaching Us to Number Our Days.

Carolyn Kizer, Bitch.

Naomi Shihab Nye, Famous. Making a Fist.

Donald Hall, White Apples. Ox Cart Man.

Jimmy Santiago Baca, Green Chile.

Maya Angelou, Africa.

Claribel Allegria, Documentary.

Elizabeth Bishop, One Art.

James Dickey, In the Mountain Tent.

Richard Hugo, Montana Ranch Abandoned.

Denise Levertov, The Well.

Mary Oliver, A Visitor.

James Wright, Lying in a Hammock on William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota. A Blessing.

Quincy Troupe, A Poem for “Magic.”

Carolyn Forché, The Colonel.

Jim Harrison, March Walk.

Robert Frost, Birches.

CONTRIBUTOR NOTES.

CREDITS.

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Preface

Preface

A Writer's Country was conceived with two purposes in mind: (1) to provide a companion anthology to creative writing courses and (2) to provide an anthology that could be used for an introduction to literature course. For both of these cases, we have tried to provide an anthology wherein students of writing and literature have the opportunity to read from a broad range of styles, perspectives, and generations spanning the last century. These selections, although arranged to be a cohesive collection, provide a glimpse into the varied terrain of the lives and hearts of the writers, the characters represented, and the regions from which they come.

It is our hope that A Writer's Country will be an appealing anthology for creative writing instructors to use as a companion reader to their creative writing texts. It could also act as a textual tool for instructors who would like to have readings available to students but who use their own apparatus to teach. A Writer's Country will also be appealing to graduate-level creative writing instructors that it will provide the students a rich assortment of canonized literature as well as contemporary voices that instructors often want their students to find in literary journals. Outside of creative writing, A Writer's Country will be a manageable anthology for an introduction to literature course for both English and non-English majors.

Approach

A Writer's Country is a collection of twenty short stories and fifty-four poems. We transferred the process and approach of editing a literary review to editing a literature anthology, placing canonized writing, and some lesser-known yet accomplished writing, together under the same cover. As in a literary review, the literature in this book is not separated by genre as is the case in most literature anthologies available today. We feel that short stories and poems should be allowed to mingle in their inherent symbiosis, and that separating them with sections labeled Fiction and Poetry is a parochial practice that fosters the false dilemma of either fiction or poetry but not both.

This rich and varied collection of literature consists of work by men and women with which the reader will be familiar and by those encountered for the first time; regardless, these voices celebrate together the wonder and power of literature. Their arrangement is not by elements of fiction or poetry (i.e., plot, voice, point of view) nor are the pieces in this book interrupted with apparatus discussing those elements. By having the genres and themes comingle, we hope that students might achieve new ways of looking at a poem and a story. Finally, the arrangement for the anthology was directed by the themes and nuances that emerged from the stories and poems themselves. The process of placing all of the stories and poems together was something akin to traveling down roads one knows but finding alternate routes to travel, to parallel the initial journey, to create new adventures.

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank all of the writers and the deceased writers' estates for their cooperation and support for this anthology. As well, special thanks to our editor, Carrie Brandon, whose support, enthusiasm, and creative ideas helped this anthology to reach the readers. Furthermore, we'd like to thank Beverly Froelich for her diligent and thorough research assistance. And thanks to Sandy Hraszdira and all the other folks at Prentice Hall who have put in so many hours on this anthology. Finally, special thanks to Sachiko and Maya Schell and Diane and Gabriel Knorr who provided the unending familial support that allows a project like this to begin at all.

Jeff Knorr,
Tim Schell

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