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Face of Poetry / Edition 1

Face of Poetry / Edition 1

by Margaretta Mitchell


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Face of Poetry / Edition 1

From the explosion in creative writing programs and workshops to the poetry slams and open mikes in every city to the reading groups venturing beyond prose for the first time, poetry is suddenly everywhere. This vibrant anthology showcases unforgettable poems and photographic portraits of leading writers in the United States, together with a CD that features many of the poets reading from their work. From Aleida Rodriguez to Ishmael Reed to Maxine Hong Kingston to John Ashbery, the poets gathered here represent a cross section of poetic styles, geographic regions, and ethnic identities. Together they express the amazing exuberance and diversity of contemporary poetry.

Margaretta K. Mitchell conceived the volume after attending the celebrated Lunch Poems Reading Series at the University of California, Berkeley. Her desire to capture the faces of all of the poets who participated in the series led to the creation of this book. Her essay explores the importance of portraiture and describes her studio sessions with these poets.

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ISBN-13: 2900520246040
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 02/01/2006
Edition description: BOOK & CD
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Margaretta K. Mitchell is a Bay Area photographer whose work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and books. Her photographs are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, and the International Center of Photography, among others. Her books include Gift of Place (1969), To a Cabin (1973), Recollections: Ten Women of Photography (1979), and Ruth Bernhard: Between Art and Life (2000). Zack Rogow, poet, translator and coordinator of the Lunch Poems Reading Series, provides a general introduction and a brief biography of each poet. The foreword by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass puts the book in the context of the current poetry scene.

Table of Contents

Robert Hass

Zack Rogow

In Celebration of Portraits and Poets: Photographer’s
Margaretta K. Mitchell

Czeslaw Milosz
John Ashbery
Galway Kinnell
Gary Snyder
Linda Pastan
Michael S. Harper
Ishmael Reed
Quincy Troupe
Chana Bloch
Fanny Howe
Maxine Hong Kingston
Robert Pinsky
Billy Collins
Robert Hass
Lyn Hejinian
Marilyn Hacker
Sharon Olds
Linda McCarriston
Bill Zavatsky
Alan Williamson
Yusef Komunyakaa
Heather McHugh
Ntozake Shange
Sekou Sundiata
Agha Shahid Ali
David St. John
Jorie Graham
Marie Howe
Brenda Hillman
Brigit Pegeen Kelly
Robert Thomas
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Mary Ruefle
Mark Doty
Tony Hoagland
Harryette Mullen
Aleida Rodríguez
Cornelius Eady
Luis J. Rodriguez
Marilyn Chin
Dionisio D. Martinez
Li-Young Lee
Carl Phillips
Frank Paino
Elizabeth Alexander
D.A. Powell
Sherman Alexie



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THE FACE OF POETRY is a diverse gallery of fascinating faces and incredible poetry! Margaretta Mitchell's photographs are stunning portraits that capture the spirit of each poet in this amazing collection! Zack Rogow, as the book's editor, has selected poems that serve as invitations to go on incredible journeys through the minds of some of America's greatest contemporary poets. By combining the poetry with photographs, biographies and a CD of poets reading their own work...this book encourages exploration! In my opinion, it would be a great contemporary poetry textbook, since it would allow students to hear some fresh voices.