Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology

Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology


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The 20th century was a time of great change, particularly in the arts, but seldom explored were the female poets of that time. Robert Hass and Paul Ebenkamp have put together a comprehensive anthology of poetry featuring the poems of Gertrude Stein, Lola Ridge, Amy Lowell, Elsa Von Freytag–Loringhoven, Adelaide Crapsey, Angelina Weld Grimke, Anne Spencer, Mina Loy, Hazel Hall, Hilda Doolittle, Marianne Moore, Djuna Barnes, and Hildegarde Flanner. With an introduction from Hass and Ebenkamp, as well as detailed annotation through out to guide the reader, this wonderful collection of poems will bring together the great female writers of the modernist period as well as deconstruct the language and writing that surfaced during that period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619025424
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,271,329
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2007. He lives in California with his wife, poet Brenda Hillman, and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

Paul Ebenkamp previously edited the Counterpoint title The Etiquette of Freedom, a conversation with Jim Harrison and Gary Snyder and Song of Myself, a collection of poems from Walt Whitman. He lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Preface C.D. Wright 1

Lola Ridge

from The Ghetto 9

Flotsam 24

Death Ray 27

The Fifth-Floor Window 30

Appulse 32

Gertrude Stein

from Tender Buttons: Objects 33

from Tender Buttons: Roastbeef 50

Susie Asado 55

Yet Dish 56

Idem The Same: A Valentine To Sherwood Anderson 66

from Lifting Belly 70

If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso 88

from Stanzas in Meditation 92

Amy Lowell

The Pike 104

Patterns 105

Thompson's Lunch Room-Grand Central Station 109

Spring Longing 111

Venus Transiens 112

Bright Sunlight 113

New Heavens for Old 114

Dissonance 116

Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven

Analytical Chemistry of Progeny 117

A Dozen Cocktails Please 118

Subjoyride 120

Ostentatious 124

Ohio-Indiansummer 125

All's Well 126

Ultramundanity 128

Constitution 132

Game Legend 135

Florence Wheelock Ayscough and Amy Lowell

from Fir-Flower Tablets

Autumn River Song: On the Broad Reach 137

The Heaven's Gate Mountains 138

The Retreat of Hsieh Kung 139

On the Subject of Old Tai's Wine-Shop 140

In The Province of Lu, to the East of the Stone Gate Mountain, Taking Leave of Tu Fu 141

At the Edge Of Heaven, Thinking of Li Po 142

Adelaide Crapsey

November Night 143

Release 143

Triad 143

Snow 144

Anguish 144

Trapped 144

Moon-Shadows 145

Languor After Pain 145

The Guarded Wound 145

Night Winds 146

Arbutus 146

"He's killed the may and he's laid her by To bear the red rose company." 146

Amaze 147

The Warning 147

Saying Of Il Haboul, Guardian Of The Treasure Of Solomon And Keeper Of The Prophet's Armor 147

Laurel in The Berkshires 148

Niagara-Seen on a Night in November 148

On Seeing Weather-Beaten Trees 148

Fragment 149

Angelina Weld Grimke

Grass Fingers 150

Tenebris 151

A Mona Lisa 152

The Black Finger 153

Under The Days 154

Anne Spencer

At the Carnival 155

Lines to a Nasturtium 157

Translation 158

Mina Loy

Songs to Joannes 159

Poe 176

Lunar Baedeker 177

Der Blinde Junge 179

Brancusi's Golden Bird 181

Frances Gregg

To H.D. 183

Hazel Hall

Seams 184

Two Sewing 185

The Listening Macaws 186

Footfalls 187

Woman Death 193

Riddle 195

The Unuttered 196


Sea Rose 197

Sea Lily 198

Garden 199

Sea Violet 201

Orchard 202

Storm 204

Hermes of the Ways 205

For Bryher and Perdita 207

Hymen 208

Song 218

Helen 219

Fragment Forty 220

Fragment Forty-one 224

Fragment Sixty-eight 228

Lethe 231

Christmas 1944 232

from The Walls Do Not Fall 236

Marianne Moore

The Past Is The Present 259

Those Various Scalpels 260

The Fish 262

Marriage 264

An Octopus 273

The Steeple-Jack 280

In Distrust Of Merits 283

Djuna Barnes

Portrait of a Lady Walking 286

The Walking-Mort 287

Seen from the 'L' 288

Suicide 289

Quarry 290

Dereliction 291

As Cried 292

Verse 293

Hildegarde Flanner

Moment 294

Fern Song 295

True Western Summer 296

Laura Riding

Named 297

Summons 298

Incarnations 300

So Slight 301

Take Hands 302

The Quids 303

The Rugged Black of Anger 305

The Map of Places 307

O Vocables of Love 308

Come, Words, Away 309

Afterword Robert Hass 313


Marianne Moore: Excerpts from Selected Letters and Complete Prose 333

H. D.: Egoist Review of Moore 346

Mina Loy: Feminist Manifesto 350

Mina Loy: Aphorisms on Futurism 354

Amy Lowell: Prefaces 358

Acknowledgments 361

Notes 364

Textual Note 371

Editor's Note 372

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