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A Poet’s Sourcebook: Writings about Poetry, from the Ancient World to the Present Edited by Dawn Potter

A collection of writings about poetry from both ancient and contemporary writers including Homer, Plato, Aristotle, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Ezra Pound, Philip Levine, Adrienne Rich, Gary Snyder, and Rita Dove.

“This anthology is…one reader’s record of the long human need to make poetry. For no matter how distant in time those individuals have become, reading about that need, in both their own words and the words of others, keeps our relationship with them intimate and immediate.”

Dawn Potter, from the introduction

Paperback: $34.95 [ Purchase from Amazon ]

New America: Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society Edited by Holly Messitt and James Tolan

New America showcases 61 writers, emerging and established, who explore American life in a time of cultural change. This collection reflects a diverse, aspiring generation of writers, readers, and teachers. Including fiction by ZZ Packer, Carlos Hernandez, Junot Diaz, Wang Ping, and Percival Everett; poetry by Li-Young Lee, Chana Bloch, Lucille Clifton, Toi Derricotte, Linh Dinh, Martin Espada, Etheridge Knight, Dorianne Laux, Ada Limon, Terrance Hayes, Miguel Pinero, Evie Shockley, Gary Soto, Brian Turner, and Rita Dove; drama by Chad Beckim, Karen Hartman, and Elizabeth Primamore.

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Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-first Century Edited by Sheryl St. Germain and Margaret L. Whitford

Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-first Century, by Sheryl St. Germain and Margaret L. Whitford

Forty-six writers explore the range of the contemporary essay: Dorothy Allison, Jimmy Santiago Baca, John Biguenet, Tom Bissell, Greg Bottoms, Joy Castro, Toi Derricotte, Brian Doyle, Gretel Ehrlich, Jane Fishman, Melanie Dylan Fox, David Gessner, Derek Green, John Haines, Linda Hogan, Barbara Hurd, Robert Isenberg, Lori Jakiela, Jamaica Kincaid, Elizabeth Kirschner, Amanda Leskovac, Phillip Lopate, BK Loren, Jo McDougall, Debra Marquart, Kathryn Miles, Brenda Miller, Ander Monson, Dinty W. Moore, Michele Morano, Naomi Shihab Nye, Joyce Carol Oates, Alicia Ostriker, Michael Pollan, John T. Price, Lia Purpura, Janisse Ray, Pattiann Rogers, Sheryl St. Germain, Marjane Satrapi, Ruth L. Schwartz, Lawrence Sutin, Rhett Iseman Trull, Tom Varisco, Margaret L. Whitford, John Edgar Wideman.

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The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry [Second Edition] Edited by Michael Simms

Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, by Michael Simms

A comprehensive selection of work by 112 important American poets including Kim Addonizio, Jimmy Santiago Baca, George Bilgere, Chana Bloch, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Toi Derricotte, Stephen Dobyns, Rita Dove, Denise Duhamel, Stephen Dunn, Terrance Hayes, Bob Hicok, Jane Hirshfield, Tony Hoagland, Marie Howe, Jane Kenyon, Li-Young Lee, Philip Levine, Larry Levis, William Matthews, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ed Ochester, Linda Pastan, Natasha Tretheway, and Jean Valentine.

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Keeping the Wolves at Bay: Stories by Emerging American Writers Edited by Sharon Dilworth

Keeping the Wolves at Bay, edited by Sharon Dilworth

In Autumn House Press’ first anthology of short fiction, the writers, some well-published with collections of their own, some newer to the literary scene, present stories that celebrate the boundless imagination and energy of the contemporary short story. The narrative premises are varied, always original. They sweep the grand landscape of an ever-changing world like the trio of expatriates negotiating the perplexing foreignness of the world in which they work in Derek Green’s “Samba.” The stories also focus on under-represented voices such as the young woman from California who is asked by her employers to maintain the quality of life of their dead golden retriever. There is the overweight transvestite keeping the peace in Keith Banner’s “Winners Never Sleep,” and the postal worker hoping for love in Casey Taylor’s “Calvary,” and the delusional chef who is forced to confront her lover’s infidelity in Diane Goodman’s “Beloved.”

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Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry Edited by Robert Strong

Joyful Noise, edited by Robert Strong

“All poetry is spiritual,” Robert Strong points out in his introduction. “As I worked on this anthology, I heard this sentiment again and again, from poets and readers alike. The spiritual, after all, is what our existence soaks in; it is both everywhere and ineffable, always right here and just out of reach. We see it in blades of grass, sense it in love and in the cries of newborns, in the eyes of the dying, in volcanoes and choirs…”

This anthology of over 300 poems brings together America’s diverse spiritual traditions in one volume. Ancient Native songs from the Chippewa, Inuit, Ojibwa, Osage, Hopi, Pawnee, and Sioux are included beside traditional Protestant hymns and generous selections from Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Wheatley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Wallace Stevens, T.S. Eliot, and many contemporary poets such as Frank O’Hara, Linda Pastan, Gerald Stern, Toi Derricotte, Agha Shahid Ali, B.H. Fairchild, Anne Waldman, Bob Hicok, and Mark Doty.

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When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women Edited by Andrea Hollander Budy

When She Named Fire, edited by Andrea Hollander Budy

When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women features 460 poems by 96 of the most exciting poets in America including:
Kim Addonizio, Natasha Trethewey, Robin Becker, Lia Purpura, Hilda Raz, Tracy K. Smith, Chase Twichell, Marilyn Nelson, Marie Howe, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Martha Collins, Jan Beatty, Maxine Kumin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Claudia Emerson, Lynn Emanuel, Mary Oliver, Jane Mead, Mary Ruefle, Kay Ryan, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, and Pattiann Rogers.

The collection includes a photograph and a brief biographical sketch of each poet.

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