Breaking the Jaws of Silence: Sixty American Poets Speak to the World

Breaking the Jaws of Silence: Sixty American Poets Speak to the World

by Sholeh Wolpe (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557286291
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Pages: 154
Sales rank: 1,162,484
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sholeh Wolpé is the author of three collections of poetry including Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths and Rooftops of Tehran, and she is the editor of The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and Its Exiles and a regional editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Her books of translations include Sin: Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, which was awarded the Lois Roth Persian Translations Award in 2010, and a Persian translation of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note xi

Foreword xiii

Call and Answer Robert Bly 3

Lady Freedom among Us Rita Dove 4

Your Beauty Is Overwhelming Naomi Shihab Nye 6

Green Yusef Komunyakaa 7

On Reading a Biography of George Washington Eloise Klein Healy 9

End of the War, 1949 Willis Barnstone 11

Kubota to Miguel Hernandez in Heaven, Leupp, Arizona, 1942 Garrett Hongo 12

Night in Blue Brian Turner 14

This Place is Here Annie Finch 15

Tienanmen, The Aftermath Marilyn Chin 18

In Mystic Joy Harjo 19

All Hallows Eve Christopher Merrill 21

History Lesson Natasha Trethewey 23

An Essay on Liberation David St. John 24

November 11 Kim Addonizio 25

Parable of the Jew without a Name Tony Barnstone 27

Tahrir Marilyn Hacker 29

Unrest Kimiko Hahn 30

Summer of '09 Andrew Hudgins 31

Reading about Rwanda Charles Harper Webb 32

The Freeways Considered As Earth Gods Dana Gioia 34

The Squash Man Stuart Dischell 36

The Bridge of Intellectuals Richard Katrovas 37

Dialogue (Of the Imagination's Fear) Jorie Graham 39

Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday ["Live in the Body, Long As You Will, Madiba"] Michael S. Harper 42

War Is Never Right Nikki Giovanni 44

Athena Looks On David Mason 46

Jerusalem: Easter, Passover Stanley Moss 48

Boy Shooting at a Statue Billy Collins 51

Angels William Heyen 52

To Salah Al Hamdani, November, 2008 Sam Hamill 53

After the Fact Mary Jo Bang 55

The Book of the Dead Man (The Vote) Marvin Bell 56

The Museum of Stones Carolyn Forché 58

Rules Governing the Exchange of Prisoners David Wagoner 60

Language Acquisition: No and Yes Alicia Ostriker 62

On Election Day Charles Bernstein 64

Shoo Carol Frost 66

Second Thoughts Robert Wrigley 67

Becoming Milton Coleman Barks 69

World Cup Tom Sleigh 71

In Prison Jean Valentine 73

Now James Ragan 74

On the Ordination of a Zen Monk Norman Dubie 75

Extraordinary Rendition Maxine Kumin 77

Staff Sgt. Metz Dorianne Laux 78

Ex-Embassy Carol Muske-Dukes 80

August 6, and again on August 9 Maxine Hong Kingston 83

The Allusion of Seduction Quincy Troupe 85

Dear Prudence Juan Felipe Herrera 87

Asphodel Gerald Stern 88

Dark Thirty Barbara Ras 90

Teacup Manifesto Molly Peacock 92

Fatwa sharon Doubiago 94

What's Fair Is Fair Ralph Angel 98

Poverty Christopher Buckley 99

The Gatekeeper's Children Philip Levine 101

More Poetry Carl Dennis 102

The People of the Other Village Thomas Lux 104

Wait Galway Kinnell 105

Afterword 107

Acknowledgments 109

Notes 113

List of Contributors 117

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