Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry: Volume 2

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EditorCary Nelson

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Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Second Edition, contains poems by more than 115 poets born in 1910 or later, including many who have not been anthologized before. Editor Cary Nelson introduces students to a diverse selection of vital poetry, presenting both canonical andlesser-known selections by women, minority, and progressive writers only rediscovered in the past two decades. In addition to offering the most detailed annotations available in an anthology of this type and selected poems in the beautifully illustrated form in which they first appeared, this isalso the first collection to give full treatment to American long poems and poem sequences.Ideal for courses in Contemporary American Poetry, American Literature, Contemporary Poetry, and American Studies, Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry introduces students to the last 100 years of our diverse poetic heritage.

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Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Second Edition, contains poems by more than 115 poets born in 1910 or later, including many who have not been anthologized before. Editor Cary Nelson introduces students to a diverse selection of vital poetry, presenting both canonical andlesser-known selections by women, minority, and progre...

Cary Nelson is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author or editor of 28 books, including Repression and Recovery: Modern American Poetry and the Politics of Cultural Memory, 1910-1945 (1989), which helped revolutionize the study of Ameri...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsMARY CORNELIA HARTSHORNE (c. 1910-)Fallen LeavesHiss of DoonWind in MexicoCHARLES HENRI FORD (1910-2002)PlaintFlag of EcstasyPastoral of PavlikCHARLES OLSON (1910-1970)Variations Done for Gerald Van De WieleMaximus, to himselfCole's IslandELIZABETH BISHOP (1911-1979)The FishThe Man-MothAt the FishhousesFilling StationQuestions of TravelThe ArmadilloIn the Waiting RoomPink DogCrusoe in EnglandOne ArtWILLIAM EVERSON (1912-1994)The Making of the CrossA Canticle to the WaterbirdsTILLIE LERNER OLSEN (1912-2007)I Want You Women Up North To KnowROBERT HAYDEN (1913-1980)Middle PassageRunagate RunagateA Letter from Phillis WheatleyThose Winter SundaysNight, Death, MississippiAunt Jemima of the Ocean WavesNo. 1 (from Elegies for Paradise Valley)The Dogwood TreesO Daedalus, Fly Away HomeWELDON KEES (1914-1955)June 1940Travels in North AmericaRANDALL JARRELL (1914-1965)The Death of the Ball Turret GunnerA FrontLossesSecond Air ForceProtocolsJAPANESE AMERICAN CONCENTRATION CAMP HAIKU (1942-1944)Shiho Okamoto (Being arrested)Sadayo Taniguchi (Hand-cuffed and taken away)Kyotaro Komuro (Lingering summer heat)Taro Katay, (Shouldering)Komuro (Passed guard tower)Okamoto (In the shade of summer sun)Shonan Suzuki (Withered grass on ground)Hakuro Wada (Young grass red and shriveled)Hyakuissei Okamoto (Dandelion has bloomed)Shizuku Uyemaruko (On certain days)Wada (Released seagull)Ryokuin Matsui (Sprinkling water outside)Komuro (Want to be with children)Wada (Even the croaking of frogs)Hangetsu Tsunekawa (Sentry at main gate)Shokoshi Saga (Thin shadow of tule reed)Tokuji Hirai (Looking at summer moon)Suzuki (Moon shadows on internment camp)Hirai (Early moon has set)Suiko Matsushita (Rain shower from mountain)Kyokusui (Thorns of the iron fence)Neiji Ozawa (Desert rain falling)Senbinshi Takaoka (Frosty morning)Oshio (Stepping through snow)Jyosha Yamada (Black clouds instantly shroud)Takaoka (Winter wind)Hekisamei Matsuda (Doll without a head)Sei Sagara (Suddenly awakened)Hyakuissei Okamoto (Jeep patrolling slowly)Shizuku Uyemaruko (Grieving within)Okamoto (In the sage brush)Matsushita (Oh shells--)JOHN BERRYMAN (1914-1972)from The Dream Songs1 Huffy Henry4 Filling her compact and delicious body5 Henry sats14 Life, friends22 Of 182629 There sat down, once40 I'm scared a lonely45 He stared at ruin46 I am, outside55 Peter's not friendly76 Henry's Confession382 At Henry's bier384 The marker slantsWILLIAM STAFFORD (1914-1993)Traveling Through the DarkAt the Bomb Testing SiteAt the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian BorderThe Indian Cave Jerry Ramsey FoundDUDLEY RANDALL (1914-2000)Ballad of BirminghamA Different ImageJOY DAVIDMAN (1915-1960)This WomanFor The NazisMARGARET WALKER (1915-1998)For My PeopleRUTH STONE (1915-2011)In an Iridescent TimeI Have Three DaughtersPokeberriesAmerican MilkFrom the ArboretumDrought in the Lower FieldsSome Things You'll Need to Know/ Before You Join the UnionTHOMAS McGRATH (1916-1990)Deep SouthCrash ReportFirst Book of Genesis According to the DiplomatsArs Poetica: Or: Who Lives in the Ivory Tower?A Little Song About CharityAgainst the False MagiciansAfter the Beat GenerationOde for the American Dead in AsiaPoem at the Winter SolsticeROBERT LOWELL (1917-1977)Inauguration Day: January 1953A Mad Negro Soldier Confined at MunichCommander Lowell"To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage"Man and WifeMemories of West Street and LepkeSkunk HourFor the Union DeadThe Mouth of the HudsonJuly in WashingtonThe March IThe March IICentral ParkEpilogueGWENDOLYN BROOKS (1917-2000)a song in the front yardof De Witt Williams on his way to Lincoln CemeteryGay Chaps at the BarWe Real CoolThe Ballad of Rudolph ReedThe Blackstone RangersMalcolm XYoung AfrikansThe Boy Died in My AlleyTo Those of My Sisters Who Kept Their NaturalsTo the DiasporaWILLIAM BRONK (1918-1999)At TikalThe Mayan Glyphs UnreadI Thought It Was HarryWhere It EndsLeft AloneROBERT DUNCAN (1919-1988)Often I Am Permitted to Return to a MeadowMy Mother Would Be a FalconressThe Torso (Passages 18)Up Rising (Passages 25)BARBARA GUEST (1920-2006)from Quilts(from "Couch of Space")WordsTwilight Polka DotsAARON KRAMER (1921-1997)Denmark VeseyRICHARD WILBUR (b. 1921)The PardonA Baroque Wall-Fountain in the Villa SciarraBeastsLove Calls Us to the Things of This WorldAdvice to a ProphetChildren of DarknessMONA VAN DUYN (1921-2004)Toward a Definition of MarriageJACK KEROUAC (1922-1969)The Perfect Love of Mind Essenceselected HaikuJAMES DICKEY (1923-1997)The Sheep ChildFallingDENISE LEVERTOV (1923-1997)The Ache of MarriageOlga PoemsWhat Were They Like?Life at WarANTHONY HECHT (1923-2004)A Hill"More Light! More Light!"The Book of YolekBOB KAUFMAN (1925-1986)The Biggest FishermanCrootey SongoNo More Jazz at Alcatrazfrom Jail Poems, Nos. 1-3MAXINE KUMIN (b. 1925)Voices from KansasSagaOblivionPantoum, With SwanWith William Meredith in BulgariaDONALD JUSTICE (1925-2004)An Old Fashioned DevilThe WallEarly PoemsAbsencesPresencesPAUL BLACKBURN (1926-1971)At the CrossroadAt the WellFRANK O'HARA (1926-1966)from AlmaPoem (The eager note on my door)A Step Away From ThemThe Day Lady DiedWhy I Am Not a PainterA True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire IslandOn Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing the Delaware At The Museum of Modern ArtThinking of James DeanMusicCornkindPoem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed)JAMES MERRILL (1926-1995)An Urban ConvalescenceThe Broken HomeWillowware CupLost in TranslationALLEN GINSBERG (1926-1997)Love Poem On Theme By WhitmanHowlA Supermarket in CaliforniaWho to Be Kind ToRain-wet Asphalt Heat, Garbage Curbed Cans OverflowingFather Death-BluesSphincterROBERT CREELEY (1926-2005)After LorcaI Know a ManThe FlowerFor LoveAmericaAgeROBERT BLY (b. 1926)Counting Small-Boned BodiesHearing Gary Snyder ReadA.R. AMMONS (1926-2001)Corsons InletGravelly RunCoon SongJAMES WRIGHT (1927-1980)Saint JudasBeginnningAutumn Begins in Martins Ferry, OhioLying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, MinnesotaA BlessingA Centenary Ode: Inscribed to Little Crow, Leader of theSioux Rebellion in Minnesota, 1862JOHN ASHBERY (b. 1927)"They Dream Only of America"Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a LandscapeMixed FeelingsStreet MusiciansSyringaDaffy Duck in HollywoodParadoxes and OxymoronsThe Problem of AnxietyDull MauveA Kind of ChillSpooks Run WildMarine ShadowWords to That EffectGALWAY KINNELL (b. 1927)The PorcupineThe BearThe VowW.S. MERWIN (b. 1927)The Drunk in the FurnaceIt Is MarchCaesarThe RoomDecember Among the VanishedFor the Anniversary of My DeathWhen The War Is OverThe Asians DyingFor A coming ExtinctionLooking For Mushrooms At SunriseThe Gardens of ZuniBeginningThe HorseSun and RainBerrymanDaylightThe Name of the AirFar Along in the StoryWorn WordsANNE SEXTON (1928-1974)Her KindThe Truth The Dead KnowAnd One for My DameJesus AsleepJesus Raises Up the HarlotThe Room of My LifePHILIP LEVINE (b. 1928)For FranThe HorseAnimals Are Passing From Our LivesBelle Isle, 1949They Feed They LionFrancisco, I'll Bring You Red CarnationsFear and FameOn the Meeting of Garc!a Lorca and Hart CraneADRIENNE RICH (1929-2012)Aunt Jennifer's Tigersfrom Shooting ScriptTrying to Talk With a ManDiving into the WreckTwenty-One Love PoemsPowerfrom An Atlas of the Difficult WorldXIII. (Dedications) I know you are reading this poemBehind the MotelHotelDEREK WALCOTT (b. 1930)A Far Cry from AfricaLaventilleThe Fortunate Travellerfrom OmerosBook One, Chapter 1GARY SYNDER (b. 1930)RiprapBeneath My Hand and Eye the Distant Hills. Your BodyI Went Into the Maverick BarStraight-Creek--Great BurnAxe HandlesGREGORY CORSO (1930-2001)MarriageBombETHERIDGE KNIGHT (1931-1991)Haiku 1, 4, 9Hard Rock Returns to Prison From the Hospital For the Criminal InsaneThe Idea of AncestryA Poem For MyselfFor Malcolm, A Year AfterTelevision SpeaksFor Black Poets Who Think of SuicideSYLVIA PLATH (1932-1963)The ColossusThe Bee MeetingThe Arrival of the Bee BoxStingsThe SwarmWinteringDaddyArielLady LazarusHENRY DUMAS (1934-1968)Son of MsippiKef 24Kef 16FishKnees of a Natural ManLow Down Dog BluesBlack Star LinePeasYamsAMIRI BARAKA (Leroi Jones) (b. 1934)SOSBlack ArtWhen We'll Worship JesusN. SCOTT MOMADAY (b. 1934)Plainview: 3Buteo RegalisCrows in a Winter CompositionCarriers of the Dream WheelRings of BoneThe StalkerPurple (from The Colors of Night)The BurningDecember 29, 1980The Shield That Came BackThe Snow MareTo An Aged BearA Benign Self-PortraitMARK STRAND (b. 1934)The PredictionWhere Are the Waters of Childhood?AUDRE LORDE (1934-1992)from CoalSisters in ArmsOutlinesCallKATHLEEN FRASER (b. 1935)In Commemoration of the Visit of Foreign Commercial Representatives to Japan, 1947CHARLES WRIGHT (b. 1935)Spider Crystal AscensionClear NightHomage to Paul CezanneMARY OLIVER (b. 1935)Morning WalkAt Great PondBlack Snake This TimeJAYNE CORTEZ (1936-2012)I Am New York CityDo You ThinkLUCILLE CLIFTON (1936-2010)I Am Accused of Tending To the Pastat the cemetery,/ walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989Replythe message of crazy horsepoem to my uterusto my last periodbrothersSUSAN HOWE (b. 1937)The Falls FightHope Atherton's WanderingsMICHAEL S. HARPER (b. 1938)Song: I Want a WitnessBlue Ruth: AmericaBrother JohnAmerican HistoryWe Assume: On the Death of Our Son, Reuben Masai HarperReuben, ReubenDeathwatchDear John, Dear ColtraneISHMAEL REED (b. 1938)I am a Cowboy in the Boat of RaOakland BluesLAWSON FUSAO INADA (b. 1938)from Listening ImagesROBERT PINSKY (b. 1940)DyingThe UnseenShirtVeni, Creator SpiritusWELTON SMITH (1940-2006)MalcolmWILLIAM HEYEN (b. 1940)Riddlefrom Crazy Horse in Stillness:ForcesWhite and GoldOne WorldBone and VelvetMotherThe CountSurveyorsRotVResolveTreatySnowbirdsThe SlowingThe Paper It's Written OnThe ToothWakan TankaDisequilibriumEclipseJUDY GRAHN (b. 1940)I Have Come to Claim Marilyn Monroe's BodyVietnamese Woman Speaking to an American SoldierCarolPlainsongThe Woman Whose Head is On FireCAROLYN M. RODGERS (1941-2010)how i got ovahand when the revolution camemama's GodROBERT HASS (b. 1941)Rusia en 1931A Story About the BodyForty SomethingSonnetLYN HEJINIAN (b. 1941)from My LifeA pause, a rose, something on paperfrom The DistanceNos. III, XIX, XXIV, XXX, XXXII, XXXVIISHARON OLDS (b. 1942)The Pope's PenisIdeographsPhotograph of the GirlThings That Are Worse Than DeathThe WaitingHis Father's CadaverKnown to Be LeftLeft-Wife GooseLOUISE GLECK (b. 1943)The Drowned ChildrenVespers ("You thought we didn't know")Vespers ("More than you love me, very possibly")The Wild Irisfrom Meadowlands:Penelope's SongQuiet EveningParable of the KingParable of the HostagesCirce's PowerCirce's GriefReunionTelemachus' BurdenBefore the StormA Village LifeMICHAEL PALMER (b. 1943)Song of the Round ManAll those wordsI Have Answers to All of Your QuestionsFifth ProseAutiobiographyPAUL VIOLI (1944-2011)IndexTankaA Moveable SnackTHOMAS JAMES (1946-1974)Mummy of a Lady Named JemutesonekhDissecting a PigRON SILLIMAN (b. 1946)from Ketjakfrom Sunset DebrisThe Chinese Notebookfrom TonerADRIAN C. LOUIS (b. 1946)Dust WorldWakinyanWithout WordsCoyote NightHow Verdell and Dr. Zhivago Disassembled the Soviet UnionWanbli Gleska WinLooking for JudasA Colossal American CopulationPetroglyphs of SerenaJesus Finds His Ghost ShirtYUSEF KOMUNYAKAA (b. 1947)Tu Do StreetPrisonersCommuniqueThe Dog ActThe Nazi DollFog GalleonWorkAi (1947-2010)The Root EaterTwenty-Year MarriageThe German Army, Russia, 1943The Testimony of J. Robert OppenheimerWENDY ROSE (b. 1948)TruganinnyTIMOTHY STEELE (b. 1948)Daybreak, Benedict CanyonApril 27, 1937ALBERT GOLDBARTH (b. 1948)SwanCoinages: A Fairy Tale1400C. D. WRIGHT (b. 1949)Obedience of the Corpsefrom JUST WHISTLE:THE BODY, ALIVE, NOT DEAD BUT DORMANTBECAUSE CONDITIONS ARE IDEAL FOR CROWINGAND NOTHINGTHE CORPSE WAS IN THE BEDON THE MORN OFA PARTITION SEPARATES IT FROM OTHER BODIESOVER EVERYTHINGSong of the GourdFROM COOLING TIME:only the crossing countsuntil words turn to mossWhat Would Oppen Say,Dear Dying TownJESSICA HAGEDORN (b. 1949)Ming the MercilessCHARLES BERNSTEIN (b. 1950)Youfrom Foreign Body SensationThe Kiwi Bird in the Kiwi TreeRiddle of the Fat Faced ManThe Boy SopranoJORIE GRAHAM (b. 1950)HistoryFrom the New WorldRAY A. YOUNG BEAR (b. 1950)In Viewpoint: Poem for 14 Catfish and The Town of Tama, IowaIt is the Fish-faced Boy Who StrugglesCAROLYN FORCH (b. 1950)The ColonelThe LightkeeperMorning on the IslandThe Museum of StonesANDREW HUDGINS (b. 1951)At Chancellorsville: The Battle of the WildernessThe Summer of the DroughtHe Imagines His Wife DeadGARRETT KAORU HONGO (b. 1951)Ancestral Graves, KahukuKubota to Miguel Hernandez in Heaven, Leupp, Arizona, 1942RITA DOVE (b. 1952)ParsleyReceiving the StigmataJIMMY SANTIAGO BACA (b. 1952)Mi T!o Baca El Poeta De SocorroThe PaintersALBERTO RIOS (b. 1952)Madre Sof!aWhat Happened to Me.ANITA ENDREZZE (b. 1952)Birdwatching at Fan LakeReturn of the WolvesLa Morena and Her Beehive HairdoANA CASTILLO (b. 1953)Seduced by Natassja KinskiHummingbird HeartMARK DOTY (b. 1953)Homo Will Not InheritThe EmbraceHARRYETTE MULLEN (b. 1953)from Trimmingsfrom S*PeRM**K*TLOUISE ERDRICH (b. 1954)Indian Boarding School: The RunawaysDear John WayneThe FenceLORNA DEE CERVANTES (b. 1954)Refuge ShipPoema para los Californios MuertosStarfishSANDRA CISNEROS (b. 1954)Little Clown, My HeartTHYLIAS MOSS (b. 1954)FullnessThere Will Be AnimalsThe LynchingInterpretation of a Poem by FrostAmbitionCrystalsPATRICIA SMITH (b. 1955)Blond White WomenSkinheadFrom Blood Dazzlerfrom Tankas:Never has there been/a wind like thisGo, they said. Go. Go.Man on the TV SayCompany's ComingVoodoo II: MoneyVoodoo V: Enemy Be Gonefrom What to TweakStifle the Stinking, shut down the camerasBack HomeMotown CrownMARILYN CHIN (b. 1955)How I Got That NameAltarJANICE N. HARRINGTON (b. 1956)FallingIf She Had LivedSESSHU FOSTER (b. 1957)We're caffinated by rain inside concrete underpassesYou'll be fucked upLook and look again, will he glance up all of a suddenI'm always grateful no one hears this terrible racketThe Japanese man would not appear riding a horseLife Magazine, December, 1941I try to pee but I can'tGame 83LI-YOUNG LEE (b. 1957)PersimmonsLittle FatherMARTIN ESPADA (b. 1957)BullyRevolutionary Spanish LessonNiggerlipsThe New Bathroom Policy at English High SchoolFidel in OhioFederico's GhostThe Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry StompImagine The Angels Of BreadBlues for the Soldiers Who Told YouThe Trouble BallHard-Handed Men of AthensThe Right Foot of Juan de OnateATSURO RILEY (b. 1960)From Romey's OrderPictureSkilletBellRosesCLAUDIA RANKINE (b. 1963)From Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric pp. 7, 23, 47-48, 71, 82-83, 113D. A. POWELL (b. 1963)(the cocktail hour finally arrives)(dogs and boys can treat you like trash)(came a voice in my gullet)HEID E. ERDRICH (b. 1963)True MythThe Theft OutrightSome ElsieNATASHA TRETHEWEY (b. 1966)Native GroundProvidenceLiturgyBelieverSHERMAN ALEXIE (b. 1966)Indian Boy Love Song (#2)No. 9 (from The Native American Broadcasting System)EvolutionScalp Dance by Spokane IndiansHow to Write the Great American Indian NovelTouristsRICHARD SIKEN (b. 1967)Visible WorldA Primer for the Small Weird LovesGRAPHIC INTERPRETATIONS:CHARLES HENRI FORDSerenade to Leonor28GWENDOLYN BROOKSWe Real CoolALLEN GINSBERGKraj MajalesMolochConsulting I Ching Smoking Pot Listening to the Fugs SingBlakeWilliam EversonA Canticle to the WaterbirdsDAVID IGNATOWThe Form Falls in On ItselfW. S. MERWINWhen The War is OverGARY SNYDERO Mother GaiaRICHARD WILBURA DifferenceIndex of Poem TitlesIndex of PoetsAbout the Editor