American Alphabets

25 Contemporary Poets

Edited by David Walker

American Alphabets

Edited by David Walker

Distributed for Oberlin College Press

448 pages | 6 x 9 1/4
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780932440280 Published February 2006
A major new anthology of recent American poetry, featuring generous selections of the work of 25 extraordinary poets born since World War II, with thoughtful introductions and annotations. In language of striking originality and beauty, these poets illuminate the complexities of contemporary life and chart the contours of the American landscape.
Contents
Preface • AGHA SHAHIDI ALI • I See Chile in My Rearview Mirror • Snow on the Desert • The Country Without a Post Office • Ghazal (Arabic) • Lenox Hill • Rooms Are Never Finished • Ghazal (Even the Rain) • The Purse-Seiner Atlantis • Of Fire • PAMELA ALEXANDER • Flight • Vines • Inventory. Journal. • Sight • Reprise • Mt. Auburn Owl • Northeast Suite • The Comma a Portrait • Foxlight • Person of • Lightfall • Crossing • BRUCE BEASLEY • Witness • Red Reed • What Did You Come to See • from Spiritual Alphabet in Midsummer • Hermetic Diary • Lord Brain • ROBIN BEHN • Origin • Downproofing Lesson • On Giving My Father a Book About Roses • Aubade • Still Life • On Being Asked My Opinion About an Autopsy • Vigil: Dwindle • Ancient New Parents • The Yellow House Writes a Story for the Boy • Below the Cellar of the Yellow House There Is Another Set of Stairs • Like a Horse • The Green Field • LINDA BIERDS • Quickly and Fully • In the Beeyard • White Bears: Tostoy at Astapovo • Phantom Pain • Hunter • It • Desire • Van Leeuwenhoek: 1675 • Altamira: What She Remembered • Vespertilio • Muybridge • Pasteur on the Rue Vauquelin • Thinking of Red • MARIANNE BORUCH • The Hammer Falls, Is Falling • Perennial Garden • Interior with a Violin • The Window • Moss Burning • Omens • Year in Hawaii • The Way the Dying Hear Things • Piano Tuning • Elegy • All Those People • Think of the Words • Simple Machines • MARK DOTY • A Display of Mackerel • Migratory • Fog Argument • Homo Will Not Inherit • The Embrace • Retrievers in Translation • Elizabeth Bishop, Croton • Flit • RITA DOVE • Small Town • The House Slave • Adolescence—II • Parsley • Dusting • Weathering Out • Sunday Greens • Mississippi • Dog Days, Jerusalem • Turning Thirty, I Contemplate Students Bicycling Home • The Other Side of the House • Lint • Exit • Revenant • On Veronica • Ta Ta Cha Cha • La Chapelle. 92nd Division. Ted. • Desert Backyard • NORMAN DUBIE • February: The Boy Breughel • Thomas Hardy • Elizabeth’s War with the Christmas Bear • Coleridge Crossing the Plain of Jars • Parish • New England, Springtime • Of Politics, & Art • The Apocrypha of Jacques Derrida • Buffalo Clouds over the Maestro Hoon • The Pendulum • Of Art & Memory • Dementia • Sky Harbor • BECKIAN FRITZ GOLDBERG • Retro Lullaby • Since I Have Lived • Money • Wren • Fetish • Lilies at Night • God Body • Blossom at the End of the Body • Twentieth Century Children • Twentieth Century Children (2) • Twentieth Century Children (5): Blood-Kissing • Third Body • nights with the Star-Ladle Over the House • He Said Discipline Is the Highest Form of Love • Bedtime Story • The Passing House • LINDA GREGERSON • Norway • Safe • For the Taking • Cranes on the Seashore • Bicameral • Elegant • BOB HICOK • Whither Thou Goest • Once a Green Sky • Small Purchase • Dropping the Euphemism • Goodbye in the Shape of a Knot • Radical Neck • Sudden Movements • The Active Reader • Team Effort • The Busy Days of My Nights • Angels of Mercy • YUSELF KOMUNYAKAA • Water Buffalo • Monsoon Season • Camouflaging in the Chimera • Tunnels • Starlight Scope Myopia • Fragging • “You and I Are Disappearing” • Sappers • We Never Know • Tu Do Street • Prisoners • Thanks • Facing It • A Reed Boat • Buried Light • The Hanoi Market • Anodyne • LARRY LEVIS • Sensationalism • At the Grave of My Guardian Angel: St. Louis Cemetary, New Orleans • Elegy with the Thimbleful of Water in the Cage • Elegy with a Bridle in Its Hand • Elegy with a Chimneysweep Falling Inside It • THOMAS LUX • Solo Native • View from a Porch • The Thirst of Turtles • Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy • There Were Some Summers • the Dark Comes On in Blocks, in Cubes • Ultima Thule • Black Road Over Which Green Trees Grow • Gorgeous Surfaces • Grim Town in a Steep Valley • Plague Victims Catapulted Over Walls Into Besieged City • Grain Burning Far Away • Marine Snow at Mid-Depths and Down • Unlike, for Example, the Sound of a Riptooth Saw • The Language Animal • Can Tie Shoes But Won’t, • To Help the Monkey Cross the River, • From the High Ground, • The Hungry Gap-Time, • CAROL MUSKE-DUKES • Ideal • Applause • Unsent Letter 4: Last Take • Miracles • Blue Kashmir, ‘74 • Ovation • Heroine • Request Radio • Crack the Whip • Jacaranda • CARL PHILLIPS • Somewhere Holy • As from a Quiver of Arrows • Parable • Luck • Words of Love • To Break, to Ride • Minotaur • Custom • The Rest of Love • Late Apollo • Erasure • A Summer • MARY RUEFLE • The Melancholiacs • The Intended • In the Bitter Country • An American Dream • Wasps’ Nest • Peeling the Orange • Rain Effect • Rising Bodies • Out of a Hundred • Public Garden with a Weeping Tree • Evangelical • The March • Perpetually Attempting to Soar • Perfect Reader • The Letter • The Jewel • The Execution Poster • Seven Postcards from Dover • The Feast • Search Party • From Here to Eternity • Kiss of the Sun • DAVID ST. JOHN • Slow Dance • Iris • Six/Nine/Forty-Four • Wedding Preparations in the Country • Dolls • Gin • Hush • Elegy • Winter Fires • An Essay on Liberation • Meditation • In the Sulphur Garden • SUSAN STEWART • The Forest • May 1988 • The Meadow • Apple • Dark the Star • Forms of Forts • Pear • These Trees in Particular • Lost Rules of Usage • Wings • Zero • ARTHUR SZE • The Negative • Axolotl • The String Diamond • Apache Plume • Acanthus • X and O • Earthstar • LEE UPTON • Window Seat at the Paradise • Somewhere So Lush • Contortionist • The Imagination of Flowers • Scroll • Bedtime Story • Jim’s Hairball • The Quality of Mercy • Destruction of Daughters • Happiness • The Scarlet Letter • Beatrix Potter • Civilian Histories • The Table • BRUCE WEIGL • Monkey • Him, on the Bicycle • Painting on a T’ang Dynasty Water Vessel • Tmeple Near Quang Tri, Not on the Map • The Way of Tet • Dialectical Materialism • Why Nothing Changes for Miss Ngo Thi Thanh • Temptation • The Sky of Daduza Township • Three Fish • River Journal • Why I Hate Theory • Home • Self Portrait at Fifty-Three • C. D. WRIGHT • Bent Tones • Tours • Provinces • Elements of Night • Petition for Replenishment • More Blues and the Abstract Truth • Humidity • Personals • Floating Trees • Lack Echo, Dear • Key Episodes from an Earthly Life • Privacy • Flame • from Deepstep Come Shining • until words turn to moss. • in our only time. • FRANZ WRIGHT • Blood • Morning • Alcohol • Illegibility • Loneliness • August Insomnia • Thoughts of a Solitary Farmhouse • Sunday Afternoon • Have You Seen This Child • Circle Drawn In Water • Flight • Walking To Martha’s Vineyard • The Only Animal • Sitting Up Late with My Father, 1977 • Publication Date • Lines Written in the Dark Illegible Next Day • Acknowledgments
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