Welcome to the Neighborhood: An Anthology of American Coexistence

Welcome to the Neighborhood: An Anthology of American Coexistence

Welcome to the Neighborhood: An Anthology of American Coexistence

Welcome to the Neighborhood: An Anthology of American Coexistence


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How to live with difference—not necessarily in peace, but with resilience, engagement, and a lack of vitriol—is a defining worry in America at this moment. The poets, fiction writers, and essayists (plus one graphic novelist) who contributed to Welcome to the Neighborhood don’t necessarily offer roadmaps to harmonious neighboring. Some of their narrators don’t even want to be neighbors. Maybe they grieve, or rage. Maybe they briefly find resolution or community. But they do approach the question of what it means to be neighbors, and how we should do it, with open minds and nuance.

The many diverse contributors give this collection a depth beyond easy answers. Their attentions to the theme of neighborliness as an ongoing evolution offer hope to readers: possible pathways for rediscovering community, even just by way of a shared wish for it. The result is an enormously rich resource for the classroom and for anyone interested in reflecting on what it means to be American today, and how place and community play a part.

Contributors include Leila Chatti, Rita Dove, Jonathan Escoffery, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Amina Gautier, Ross Gay, Mark Halliday, Joy Harjo, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Sonya Larson, Dinty W. Moore, Robert Pinsky, Christine Schutt, and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804041058
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 268
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Sarah Green is the author of Earth Science (421 Atlanta, 2016). A Pushcart Prize winner, New Women’s Voices Series Prize winner, and one of the Best New Poets 2012, she is currently at work on her second collection of poetry. She teaches at St. Cloud State University.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword Preface Jamaal May: There Are Birds Here David Baker: Hungry Gail Mazur: I’m a Stranger Here Myself Katrina Vandenberg: My Summer Next Door to the Serial Killer Ladan Osman: Tonight Gary Jackson: Watch Dora Malech: Neighborhood Watch Sarah Einstein: Shelter Amy Yelin: The House on Congress Street Jonathan Escoffery: The Invincible James Miranda: Occupants Rita Dove: Daystar Wayne Miller: House near the Airport Leila Chatti: Aubade in the Old Apartment Lloyd Schwartz: House Hunting Geri Lipschultz: Writing the Kingdom on Skates Christine Schutt: Religion Brad Aaron Modlin: The Summer of the Commune, and Some of the Summers before That Marco Wilkinson: Some Rules for Foraging (excerpt) Ross Gay: To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian D. R. McClure: The Neighborhood Hawk Becca J. R. Lachman: Some Kind of Sisyphus Phoebe Wayne: Intimate Selenium Sarah Layden: The Woman Who Was a House Seth Stewart: Exteriors Andrena Zawinski: Vanquished Douglas Currier: Old Edward Hirsch: How to Get Back to Chester Donald Platt: Name & Address David Rivard: Late? Katie Peterson: Animals Robert Pinsky: The Street Carolina Ebeid: Reading Celan in a Subway Station Linda Bamber: Fire Island Jenny Johnson: Gay Marriage Poem Nicole Callihan: Marriage Sean M. Conrey: Forest Ridge Farms Nocturne Jaswinder Bolina: Pornograph, with Americana Leora Fridman: Doorstep Katie Berta: Upon Hearing about the Student Arrested at the Gun Shop David Blair: Free Variation on “Saturday Night in the Village” Peter Campion: The Population Betsy Brown: Neighborhood Gretchen Marquette: Song for the Festival Matthew Siegel: The Heater Repair Woman Aaron Devine: Blizzard Poem Rebecca Morgan Frank: City Morning Josephine Yu: Middle Class Love Song Dana Roeser: Announcement: The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed Lauren Camp: My Neighbors: I Know Them Kip Robisch: Fireflies Amina Gautier: As I Wander Jarod Roselló: The Neighbor Katherine Hollander: Thanksgiving: Livingston, New Jersey Steve Brykman: You Know How It Is Eson Kim: Meteor Dreams Dinty W. Moore: Racism in America: The Official Report Tomás Q. Morín: American Valentine Jennifer De Leon: A Map of the World Jill McDonough: Path to Nowhere Claire Eder: Not Trash Day Jennifer Kwon Dobbs: A Small Guest C. E. Fort: Arrest Dance, Oakland, CA Nomi Stone: War Game, America Daniel B. Johnson: Steel Valley Songbook, Volume I Sarah Green: Assembly Danielle Jones: Sometimes You Know before You Know Sarah C. Harwell: God Speaks through the Seals David Young: Heidelberg Beach, October Mark Halliday: Winchendon Richard Hoffman: Neighbors Sonya Larson: The Kindest Brian Trapp: My City in Two Dog Parks (excerpt) Fred Marchant: Camp and Locust Liz Stephens: Bête Noire Ranch Rebecca Lindenberg: The Real West Tara Lynn Masih: The Summer of Whooping Cough Dylan Krieger : the war of all against all Sarah Minor: Into the Limen: Where an Old Squirrel Goes to Die Connie Voisine: Neighbor Lynne Viti: Cottage Industry Tom Sleigh: Valediction Marie Howe: What the Living Do Joy Harjo: Perhaps the World Ends Here Neighborhood Talks: Opening the Discussion Acknowledgments Credits Contributors Author Index Title Index
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