Contemporary American Poetry

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Edition: 8th
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2006-04-01
Publisher(s): Heinle
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This highly respected anthology presents the works of 71 poets who have shaped the contours and direction of mainstream American poetry from 1960 to the present. Designed to provide a rich reading experience for both undergrad and graduate courses, more than 500 selections illustrate the variety and vitality of American poetry over the last few decades. For each poet, the collection features a generous sampling of their work along with a photo, biographical sketches, and bibliographies. New! The anthology includes the poetry of seven new writers (Billy Collins, Stephen Dunn, Louise Erdrich, Michael Palmer, Dave Smith, Jean Valentine, and C.D. Wright) as well as that of two popular, previously featured writers (Mary Oliver and Theodore Roethke). New! New selections from poets in the previous edition, several of which have not yet published elsewhere, appear throughout the book to engage students with the most current poetic work. The anthology is alphabetically organized by poet to avoid ranking or pigeon-holing writers into schools or literary movements.

Table of Contents

Ai The Mother's Tale
The Mortician's Twelve-Year-Old Son Twenty-Year Marriage Why Can't I Leave You? I Have Got to Stop Loving You So I Have Killed My Black Goat Finished Riot Act, April 29, 1992 A.R. Ammons With Ropes of Hemp Open Catalyst Grace Abounding Triphammer Bridge Epiphany Marginals
The Only Way Around Is Through The Clenched-Jaw School John Ashbery Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror Marvin Bell
The Self and the Mulberry
The Mystery of Emily Dickinson Treetops To an Adolescent Weeping Willow White Clover Drawn by Stones, by Earth, by Things That Have Been in the Fire Sevens (Version 3): In the Closed Iris of Creation John Berryman from The Dream Songs: 4 [Filling her compact & delicious body]; 14 [Life, friends, is boring]; 26 [The glories of the world]; 29 [There sat down, once]; 47 April Fool's Day, or, St Mary of Egypt; 89 Op. posth. no.12; 91 Op. posth. no. 14; 129 [Thin as a sheet]; 172 [Your face broods]; 366 [Chilled in this Irish pub]; 382 [At Henry's bier]; 384 [The marker slants] Elizabeth Bishop
The Fish At the Fishhouses Cape Breton In the Waiting Room Insomnia One Art Robert Bly An Empty Place Snowbanks North of the House
The Resemblance Between Your Life and a Dog Warning to the Reader Six Winter Privacy Poems Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter On the Oregon Coast
The Dead Seal Looking into a Tide Pool
The Yellow Dot The Russian Gwendolyn Brooks from A Street in Bronzeville: the mother; a song in the front yard The Lovers of the Poor We Real Cool
An Aspect of Love, Alive in the Ice and Fire The Bean Eaters The Coora Flower Olga Broumas
The Choir Caritas Perpetua Soothsaying Calypso Mercy Lucille Clifton [I was born with twelve fingers] at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989 the lost baby poem [at last we killed the roaches] homage to my hips wishes for sons poem to my uterus lumpectomy eve scar lorena moonchild the birth of language Robert Creeley I Know a Man After Lorca
The Figures
The Language
The Flower Something
The Warning
The Act of Love James Dickey
The Heaven of Animals
The Sheep Child
The Poisoned Man At Darian Bridge Adultery Stephen Dobyns Bowlers Anonymous How to Like It How Could You Ever Be Fine Fragments Beauty Tenderly Cemetery Nights Rita Dove Daystar Crab-Boil Wingfoot Lake
The Breathing, the Endless News After Reading Mickey in the Night Kitchen for the Third Time Before Bed Parsley Testimonial Alan Dugan Closing Time at the Second Avenue Deli Elegy Morning Song Love Song: I and Thou Untitled Poem To an Ex-Student Criticism of Bergson and Darwin Surviving the Hurricane Lament for Cellists and Jacqueline DuPreacute; Rising in Fall, Carol Frost Chimera Homo Sapiens Sexual Jealousy Harm Laws Nothing Fury Scorn To Kill a Deer Papilio Apple Rind The St. Louis Zoo Sin
The Undressing Allen Ginsberg Howl Ode to Failure Louise Gluuml;ck Nostos
The Mirror Mock Orange The White Rose Midnight Parable of Flight Parable of the Gift Matins Vespers Celestial Music Albert Goldbarth
The Talk Show Ancestored-Back Is the Overpresiding Spirit of This Poem Reality Organization Arguing Bartusiak
The Whole Earth Catalogue Kimiko Hahn
The Shower When You Leave The Izu Dancer
The Older Child The Glass Bracelets Donald Hall Maple Syrup In the Kitchen of the Old House When the Young Husband
The Porcelain Couple The Ship Pounding Digging Michael Harper We Assume: On the Death of Our Son, Reuben Masai Harper Reuben, Reuben Dear John, Dear Coltrane Love Medley: Patrice Cuchulain This Is My Son's Song: "Ungie, Hi Ungie" My Father at 75 Studs Her Where Coltrane Is Robert Hass The Image Meditation at Lagunitas Last Spring
A Story About the Body Privilege of Being from Dragonflies Mating 6 [This morning in the early sun] Happiness Our Lady of the Snows Spring Drawing 2 Faint Music Robert Hayden Those Winter Sundays Night, Death, Mississippi Monet's "Waterlilies" Soledad The Night-Blooming Cereus
A Plague of Starlings Free Fantasia: Tiger Flowers William Heyen The Return The Pigeons Witness Simple Truths Redwings Yellowthroats Blackbird Spring Yellowjackets Andrew Hudgins
The Chinaberry One Threw a Dirt Clod and It Ran Heat Lightening in a Time of Drought Mary Magdalene's Left Foot Grandmother's Spit Ashes Supper Richard Hugo Living Alone Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg
A Map of Montana in Italy The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir Death in the Aquarium Langaig David Ignatow 1905 No Theory Communion
The Dream For One Moment
The Inheritance Self-Employed Moving Picture Each Day
My Native Land from Tread the Dark: 88 [Hello, drug addict, can you become a poem]
Notes for a Lecture Donald Justice
Early Poems First Death Children Walking Home from School Through Good Neighborhood Psalm and Lament Absences Men at Forty Variations on a Text by Vallejo
In Memory of the Unknown Poet, Robert Boardman Vaughn Galway Kinnell Blackberry Eating Telephoning in Mexican Sunlight
The Bear
The Fundamental Project of Technology Flower of Five Blossoms Carolyn Kizer Thrall The Intruder
A Widow in Wintertime from Pro Femina: One [From Sappho to myself, consider the fate of women] Semele Recycled Bill Knott
Poem to Poetry Poem [I am the only one who can say]
Sleep Poem [The wind blows a piece of paper to my feet]
Death [Going to sleep, I cross my hands on my chest]
Death [Perfume opens its eyes of you] Goodbye Hair Poem
The Closet Poem [Night, in whose death did your ennui take refuge?]
Poem [I am one man, worshipping silk knees]
Poem (The Starfish One)
The Sculpture Poem [Once I had to leave you so] Rigor Vitus
Another First Kiss: To-- Poem [One of the old guys said] Yusef Komunyakaa Audacity of the Lower Gods Blackberries Work In the Background of Silence Tu Do Street Thanks Boys in Dresses Maxine Kumin Morning Swim To Swim, to Believe Heaven as Anus
The Excrement Poem
The Grace of Geldings in Ripe Pastures Woodchucks In the Pea Path In the Park Nurture Stanley Kunitz
The Layers Robin Redbreast
The Wellfleet Whale
The Abduction Touch Me
The Long Boat Li-Young Lee
The Gift Persimmons Eating Alone Eating Together My Indigo This Room and Everything in It You Must Sing Denise Levertov
The Acolyte The Poem Unwritten Our Bodies
The Mutes Wedding-Ring Where is the Angel? Life at War Philip Levine
The Simple Truth On the Birth of Good & Evil During the Long Winter of '28 Animals Are Passing from Our Lives You Can Have It What Work Is I Was Born in Lucerne They Feed They Lion On My Own John Logan Three Moves Spring of the Thief Middle-Aged Midwesterner at Waikiki Again Poem for My Brother Robert Lowell Memories of West Street an
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