The Eloquent Poem: 128 Contemporary Poems and Their Making

The Eloquent Poem: 128 Contemporary Poems and Their Making

by Elise Paschen (Editor)

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Overview

A groundbreaking poetry anthology for readers, writers, students, and teachers, with original poems from some of America’s greatest living poets.


From the New York Times best-selling anthologist, Elise Paschen, comes The Eloquent Poem, a groundbreaking collection of new poems by 128 contemporary poets, including Mary Jo Bang, Marilyn Chin, Billy Collins, Cornelius Eady, Martîn Espada, Kamiko Hahn, Joy Harjo, Edward Hirsch, Major Jackson, Laura Kasischke, Joy Ladin, Randall Mann, Paul Muldoon, Marilyn Nelson, Aimee Nezhukmatathil, Stanley Plumly, Rosanna Warren, and many others. This extraordinary volume is divided into sections by poetic approach—some formal, some occasional, and some thematic—and includes illuminating micro-essays from the contributors on how each poem came to be. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892555000
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 410,391
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Elise Paschen, an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, is the author of, most recently, The Nightlife, Bestiary, Infidelities, and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker and Poetry, among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies. She is the editor of The New York Times best-selling anthology, Poetry Speaks to Children, and co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, among other anthologies. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, she is a co-founder of Poetry in Motion, a nationwide program which places poetry posters in subway cars and buses. Paschen teaches in the MFA Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Elise Paschen, an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, is the author of, most recently, The Nightlife, Bestiary, Infidelities, and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker and Poetry, among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies. She is the editor of The New York Times best-selling anthology, Poetry Speaks to Children, and co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, among other anthologies. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, she is a co-founder of Poetry in Motion, a nationwide program which places poetry posters in subway cars and buses. Paschen teaches in the MFA Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Ars Poetica

Break My Heart Joy Harjo 5

Delivery Martha Rhodes 7

The Uses of What Is Hollow Eleanor Wilner 8

Ars Poetica Mai Der Vang 9

The Lights Burn Blue Alan Michael Parker 10

Mother (of Poetry) Allison Seay 11

The Invention of the F-hole Kimberly Johnson 12

Ars Poetica Cornelius Eady 14

Litanies, Catalogs, & Lists

For Out People Angela Jackson 17

Political Poem Joy Ladin 21

From the Word Go Anna Leahy 23

Descendent Quraysh Ali Lansana 24

Waiting for Greece's Fate on Serifos Aliki Barnstone 25

The Afterlife of American Poets Billy Collins 27

Litany Christina Pugh 28

Select an Answer Oliver de la Paz 29

Titles from Harold's Shelf, A Portrait Kimiko Hahn 30

Questions for Google Elizabeth Spires 31

Things I Find in Abuela's Bathroom Closet Rigoberto González 32

Epistles & Postcards

Our Fault Is We Love Too Much Ira Sukrungruang 37

With Love from Ainezalandia Elizabeth Macklin 38

Dear Art Cynthia Atkins 39

From In the Field Between Us Molly McCully Brown Susannah Nevison 40

Postcards to Etheridge Knight Todd Fuller 44

Letter to Hillary on the Radical Hospitality of the Body Erika Meitner 47

After the Dragonflies Chris Green 49

Postcard: Morning Window, Venice Donna Masini 50

Poems in Form

The Crux Rosanna Warren 53

How To: Jordi Alonso 54

Reckoning Jeanetta Calhoun Mish 55

Haiku Molly Peacock 56

The UFO Incident Tony Trigilio 57

Villanelle of Margaritas Allison Joseph 59

Ballad of the Bronx Zoo's Beloved Judith Baumel 60

The Summer Before the Student Murders Randall Mann 61

Departures Emma Bolden 62

Vivid Isolation: A Ghazal Tina Chang 63

World Gone Wrong William Wadsworth 64

From Frolic and Detour Paul Muldoon 66

Persona Poems

Buckle and Wash John A. Nieves 71

From My Lord's Estate, I Pass High Mountains, Winding Streams, Rocky Torrents, Thick Forests, and Tall Bamboo Sebastian Bitticks 72

Sole Heiress Joan Houlihan 73

Laloo, the Handsome, Healthy, Happy Hindoo Ravi Shankar 74

Pity Eyed Marilyn Nelson 76

This River Elizabeth Macklin 77

Sparrow January Gill O'Neil 80

The Language of the Bomb Kimberly Grey 82

Rescue Annie Laura Kasischke 83

One Hundred Umbrellas David Yezzi 84

Myth Poems

The Love Song of the Kraken Martin Espada 93

Assos Christopher Bakken 94

Sleeping Woman Duane Niatum 95

Composition John A. Nieves 96

Transit of Venus Stefanie Wortman 97

Made / Maeve 1 Leah Umansky 98

The Damned Kevin Prufer 100

Shade Richard Tillinghast 103

At the Expulsion Edward Hirsch 105

Eve Speaks Grace Schulman 106

Ekphrasis

Vanitas Mary Jo Salter 109

Laundry Kwame Dawes 110

Terra Nova: Juno Gemes Forrest Gander 111

Photograph of Two Young Couples with One Person Missing Michael Collier 112

Ascension Grace Schulman 114

Titian's Marsyas Lloyd Schwartz 115

The Flaying of Manyas David Yezzi 116

Notes on a Diebenkorn Tess Taylor 117

Shirt Noise Christina Pugh 118

Allowing That Karl Kirchwey 119

Hie Adelfia Clarissima Femina Judith Baumel 120

Aubades & Nocturnes

Aubade with Wolf Spider Aimee Nezhukmatathil 123

At Dawn David Baker 124

Aubade Elizabeth Scanlon 125

Canebreak Love and Water Maurice Manning 126

Music for Attack Helicopter Andrew Zawacki 127

Nocturne for the Bereft Mai Der Vang 128

The School of Night Edward Hirsch 130

Expectation Nocturne Lisa Russ Spaar 132

With Weather Stanley Plumly 133

Rock Star Calvin Forbes 134

Eclogues

Eclogue Dan Beachy-Quick 137

Forage Sophie Cabot Black 139

3 Skies Joanna Klink 142

River Channeling in the Ear Carey Salerno 143

Eclogue in Orange & White Elena Karina Byrne 144

Lines at Tongdosa Temple Christopher Merrill 146

Earthly Love Nathaniel Perry 148

Yellow Time Maurice Manning 149

Aphorisms

Intelligent Design Jeff Martin 153

Aphorisms Jake Young 154

The Handbook of Risk Sophie Cabot Black 155

Island Music David Baker 158

After the End Emma Bolden 159

Last Poem Chris Green 160

Drinking Together Chris Green 161

Pax Americana Karl Kirchwey 162

Prose Poems

One could say the train is resting Mary Jo Bang 165

The Salvation of America Michael Collier 166

Like a Polaroid / Faded Erika T. Wurth 167

My body does not belong to me Gary Young 168

Jefferson, Midnight Sandra Beasley 169

Smoke When You Can't See What's on Fire Cynthia Marie Hoffman 170

Stop Me If I've Told You This Kimiko Hahn 171

Pathetic Fallacy Laura Kasischke 172

Mirror Poems

Echolalia one Quraysh Ali Lansana 175

What Happens When We Die Oliver Baez Bendorf 176

An Action Kimberly Grey 177

Thread a Pin Through Every Door, Drop the Line Suzannah Spaar 178

Come, Slumberless Traci Brimhall 182

Bloom January Gill O'Neil 183

The Birch Swamp Helen Spica 184

Seventy Marilyn Nelson 185

Studio with Blackened Windows Alexandra Teague 186

The Last Gardener of Aleppo Valerie Wallace 187

Concrete Poems

Before Our Eyes Eleanor Wilner 190

Hong Kong Crane Phillip Cozzi 191

Obit Victoria Chang 192

Apollinaire's Ex-Girlfriends in the Snow Chris Green 193

Skyscraper Robin Reagler 194

A Brief History of Writing Ellen Rachlin Georgiy Zhikharev 195

A Is for Arbor Ravi Shankar 196

Collage Poems

Checkpoint David Baker 199

Things I Am Beginning to Forget Kimiko Hahn 200

Wolf Cento Simone Muench 201

The Cloistered Life of Nuns Major Jackson 202

Lesson III: The Divisions, Illustrated Elizabeth Bradfield 203

We Listen We Pray Martha Collins 205

Found Poem: The Couple Who Lived at the Mall Elizabeth Spires 207

Hog Kaput Kevin Prufer 209

Statements about the Poems by the Poets 213

Biographical Notes on the Authors 265

Index 275

Acknowledgments 281

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