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Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry

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Publisher Comments:

A multicultural array of poets explore what it is means to be American 

This powerful and moving collection of poems stretches across the boundaries of skin color, language, ethnicity, and religion to give voice to the lives and experiences of ethnic Americans. With extraordinary honesty, dignity, and insight, these poems address common themes of assimilation, communication, and self-perception. In recording everyday life in our many American cultures, they displace the myths and stereotypes that pervade our culture.

Unsettling America includes work by:

 

Amiri Baraka

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Rita Dove

Louise Erdich

Jessica Hagedorn

Joy Harjo

Garrett Hongo

Li-Young Lee

Pat Mora

Naomi Shihab Nye

Marye Percy

Ishmael Reed

Alberto Rios

Ntozake Shange

Gary Soto

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Nellie Wong

David Hernandez

Mary TallMountain

 

...and many more.

Synopsis:

With extraordinary honesty, dignity, and insight, an impressive array of poets displace the myths and stereotypes that pervade our culture. The first multicultural poetry anthology to give voice to the lives and experiences of ethnic Americans.

About the Author

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the director of The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey. She is the author of five collections of poetry.

Table of Contents

Unsettling America Acknowledgments

Introductions

Uprooting

Nellie Wong

Where is My Country?

Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park

Luis J. Rodrigues

Heavy Blue Veins

We Never Stopped Crossing Borders

Lamont B. Steptoe

Wired In

Such a Boat of Land

Jimmy Santiago Baca

Immigrants in Our Own Land

Marylin Chin

We Are Americas Now, We Live in the Tundra

Pat Mora

Elena

Ruth Lisa Schechter

What Were You Patching?

Quincy Troupe

In Texas Grass

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The Old Italians Dying

Adrian C. Louis

Dust World

Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Father from Aisa

Hamod (Sam)

from Moving

James Masao Mitsui

Katori Maru, October 1920

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Restroom

The Brides Come to Yuba City

Yvonne V. Sapia

Grandmother, a Caribbean Indian, Described by My Father

Louise Erdrich

Indian Boarding School: The Runaways

Gary Soto

Braly Street

Joy Harjo

The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window

Shalin Hai-Jew

Kinged

Mary Jo Bona

Dream Poem

Mary Tallmountain

The Last Wolf

Gregg Shapiro

Tattoo

Lawson Fusao Inada

Father of My Father

Justin Vitiello

Letter to a Cretan Flute-Maker

David Meltzer

What Do I Know of Journey

Carole Bernstien

When My Grandmother Said Pussy

Cheryl Clarke

14th Street Was Gutted in 1968

Robert Carnevale

Walking by the Cliffside Dyeworks

Pedro Peitro

The Old Buildings

Dwight Okita

In Response to Executive Order 9066

The Nice Thing About Counting Stars

Shirley Kaufman

Next Year, in Jerusalem

Philip Levine

The Survivor

Lucille Clifton

Sam

Performing

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Indian Movie, New Jersey

Louise Erdrich

Dear John Wayne

Nellie Wong

When I Was Growing Up

Janice Mirikitani

Doreen

Safiya Henderson-Holmes

Failure of an Invention

Chrystos

Today Was a Bad Day Like TB

Jessica Hagedorn

Filipino Boogie

Mary TallMountain

Indian Blood

Miguel Algarin

At the Electronic Frontier

Sherman Alexie

Vision (2)

Translated from the American

Michael S. Weaver

Imitation of Life

The Black and White Galaxie

Blind Solo

Sandra Mortola Gilbert

Mafioso

Barry Seiler

Digging in the Streets of Gold

Susan Clements

Matinee

Deer Cloud

Nellie Wong

Can't Tell

Mary Jo Bona

Amazone

Patricia Smith

Blonde White Women

Mitsuye Yamada

Cincinnati

American Sun

Arthur L. Clements

Why I Don't Speak Italian

Grace Cavalieri

The First

Michael Warr

Brian on Ice: The El Train Poem

Malcolm Is 'Bout More Than Wareing a Cap

Joseph Papaleo

American Dream: First Report

Gerald Stern

Behaving Like a Jew

Denise Nico Leto

The Mary Morelle Show

David Mura

To H.N.

Marge Piercy

My Rich Uncle, Whom I Only Met Three Times

Yusef Komunyakaa

Untitiled Blues

Jennifer Lagier

Second Class Citizen

Shalin Hai-Jew

Three Gypsies

Patricia Smith

from Sweet Daddy

What It's Like to Be a Black Girl (for Those of You Who Aren't)

Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Starlight Haven

Black and White

Jesse F. Garcia

Barrio Beato

David Hernandez

Welcome

Reuben Jackson

Tee

Big Chill Variations

Albert James

William J. Harris

A Daddy Poem

Sonia Sanchez

Song No. 3

Lucille Clifton

Song at Midnight

Allison Joseph

Junior High Dance

June Jordan

What Would I Do White?

Jimmy Santiago Baca

So Mexicans Are Taking Jobs from Americans

Haki R. Madhubuti

Poet: What Ever Happened to Luther?

Adrian C. Louis

The Great Wingless Bird

Pat Mora

Immigrants

Depression Days

Toi Derricotte

A Note on My Son's Face Blackbottom

Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Lost Name Woman

Martin Espada

Coca-Cola and Coco Frio

Naming

Pat Mora

Senora X No More

Hamod (Sam)

Dying with the Wrong Name

Leaves

Marilyn Chin

How I Got That Name

Elegy for Chloe Nguyen

Martin Espada

Niggerlips

From an Island You Cannot Name

Nellie Wong

Mama, Come Back

Enid Dame

On the Road to Damascus, Maryland

Felix Stefanile

How I Changed My Name, Felice

Janice Mirikitani

Jade

Lyn Lifshin

Being Jewish in a Small Town

Janice Gould

We Exist

Ishmael Reed

Jacket Notes

Helen Barolini

Having the Wrong Name for Mr. Wright

Dixie Salazar

Taking It Back

Pinon Nuts

Kimiko Hahn

The Hula Skirt, 1959

Julia Lilsella

Song of the Third Generation

Amiri Baraka

Ka 'Ba

Funk Lore

Daniela Gioseffo

American SOnnets for My Father

David Hernandez

Pigeons

June Jordan

A Poem about Intelligence for My Brothers and Sisters

Denise Nico Leto

For Talking

Alberto Alvaro Rios

The Language of Great-Aunts

Nani

Carol Lee Saffioti

Espresso

Milton Kessler

Secret Love

Mary TallMountain

Good Grease

Vittoria Repetto

6th Grade-Our Lady of Pompeii

Claire Kageyama

Mama

Michael S. Glaser

Preparations for Seder

Changing Address Books

Peter Blue Cloud

Crazy Horse Monument

Liz Rosenberg

from Prose Poems

Giovanna (Janet) Capone

In Answer to Their Questions

Luci Tapahonso

All I Want

Stanley H. Barkan

Two Grandmas

Sandra Maria Esteves

South Bronx Testimonials

Dale M. Kushner

Grandma in the Shower

Tino Villanueva

Haciendo Apenas la Recoleccion

Rachel Guido deVrries

On Alabama Ave., Paterson, NJ, 1954

Ntozake Shange

From Okra to Greens

Rose Romano

But My Blood

So I Lost My Temper

Maxine Kumin

For My Great-Grandfather: A Message Long Overdue

Alfred Encarnacion

Bulosan Listens to a Recording of Robert Johnson

Maryfrances Cusumano Wagner

Miss Clement's Second Grade

Lisa Suhair Majaj

Recognized Futures

Michael S. Weaver

The Left Bank Jazz Society

Naomi Shihab Nye

Bllod

Li-Young Lee

Mnemonic

The Gift

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki-Rosa

Legacies

James Masao Mitsui

Because of My Father's Job

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Yuba City School

Gregory Djanikian

How I Learned English

Negotiating

Gregory Djanikian

In the Elementary School Choir

When I First Saw Snow

Gary Soto

Black Hair

The Elements of San Joaquin

Behind Grandma's House

Luis J. Rodriguez

Always Running

Fire

Gerald Stern

The Dancing

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

In Memory We Are Walking

Lyn Lifshin

I Remember Haifa Being Lovely But

Michael S. Weaver

A Black Man's Sonata

Improvisation for Piano

Garrett Hongo

Winnings

Susan Clements

Susans

The Reservation

Michael S. Glaser

English-Speaking Persons Will Find Translations

Sherman Alexie

Crazy Horse Speaks

Powwow Polaroid

Cyrus Cassells

Soul Make a Path Through Shouting

Safiya Henderson-Holmes

The Battle, Over and Over Again

Louis Simpson

A Story About Chicken Soup

Yusef Komunyakaa

Salt

Adrian C. Louis

Something About Being an Indian

Lorna Dee Cervantes

Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Well-Read Person, Could Believe in the War Between Races

Lamont B. Steptoe

Election Time

Daniela Gioseffi

Bicentennial Anti-Poem for Italian-American Women

Lyn Lifshin

The Yahrtzeit Light

After the Anti-Semitic Calls on a Local Talk Station

Amiri Baraka

An Agony, As Now

Dwight Okita

Notes for a Poem on Being Asian American

Chrystos

Portrait of Assimilation

Stewart Florsheim

The Jewish Singles Event

Michael Plama

Coming of Age

Laura Boss

At the Muclear Rally

The Candy Lady

Naomi Shihab Nye

My Father and the Figtree

Cherrie Moraga

Half-Breed

Shirley Geok-lin-Lim

Modern Secrets

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

Grandfather at the Indian Health Clinic

Joseph Bruchac

Birdfoot's Granpa

Richard Michelson

Undressing Aunt Frieda

William J. Harris

Rib Sandwich

Wing Tek Lum

Going Home

Miriam Goodman

Upkeep

David Hernandez

Armitage Shank

Ruth Whitman

Laughing Gas

Arthur L. Clements

Elegy

Diana Chang

Foreign Ways

Robert Viscusi

Autobiography

Gloria Anzaldua

Horse

Simon J. Ortiz

Travels in the South

Grace Cavalieri

Grandmother

Maxine Kumin

Living Alone with Jesus

Lucia Maria Perillo

The Sweaters

Linda Hogan

Heritage

Victoria Lena Manyarrows

Lakota Sister/Cherokee Mother

Rita Dove

Wingfoot Lake

Hamod (Sam)

After the Funeral of Assam Hamady

Safiya Henderson-Holmes

Friendly Town 1

My First Riot: Bronx, NYC

Linda Hogan

The Truth Is

Audre Lorde

Hanging Fire

Debi Kang Dean

In the Way Back

Gloria Anzaldúa

Cultures

Re-Envisioning

Li-Young Lee

I Ask My Mother to Sing

Chrystos

I Walk in the History of My People

I Have Not Signed a Treaty with the United States Government

The Real Indian Leans Against

Lucille Clifton

Night Vision

In the Inner City

Marilyn Nelson Waniek

The House on Moscow Street

Alma Luz Villanueva

To Jesus Villanueva, with Love

They Didn't Get Me

My People Are the COlor of the Earth

Nellie Wong

From a Heart of Rice Straw

Diane di Prima

April Fool Birthday Poem for Grandpa

Martin Espada

Bully

Joy Harpo

Anchorage

For Alva Benson, and for Those Who Have Learned to Speak

Wing Tek Lum

Chinese Hot Pot

Enid Dame

The Seder

Rose Romano

The Bucket

Luis J. Rodriguez

Speaking with Hands

Michael S. Harper

Song: I Want a Witness

Josê Angel Villalongo, Sr.

In the Good Old U.S.A.

Victoria Lena Manyarrows

Today We Will Not Be Invisible Nor Silent

Quincy Troupe

The View from Skates in Berkeley

Shirley Geok-lin Lim

I Defy You

Joseph Bruchac

Prayer

Alicia Ostriker

Lamenting the Inevitable

Kyoko Mori

Speaking Through White: For My Mother

Kimberly M. Blaeser

Certificate of Live Birth

Pat Mora

Cortez'a horse

Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

Oye Mundo/Sometimes

E. Ethelbert Miller

The Men

Linda Hogan

The New Apartment: Minneapolis

Al Young

A Dance for Ma Rainey

Jesse F. Garcia

I Ain't GOing to Hurry No More

Ray Gonzalez

Praise the Tortilla, Praise the Menudo, Praise the Chorizo

Amina Baraka

The Last Word

David Hernandez

Martin and My Father

Laura Boss

My Ringless Fingers on the Steering Wheel Tell the Story

Cyrus Cassells

The Women

Luci Tapahonso

I Am Singing Now

Safiya Hnderson-Holmes

To Hell and Back, with Cake

Friendly Town 3

Cathy Song

Out of Our Hands

Peter Blue Cloud

The Old Man's Lazy

Robert Creeley

America

Wendy Rose

Naayawva Taawi

Story Keeper

Alan Chong Lau

The Upside Down Basket

Pat Mora

La Migra

Judith Ortiz Cofer

What the Gypsy Said to Her Children

Marilyn Chin

The Floral Apron

Joy Harjo

I Give You Back

Cherrie Moraga

For the Color of My Mother

Sonia Sanchez

Present

Norma

An Anthem

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Arturo

Public School No. 18: Paterson New Jersey

Growing Up Italian

Contributors

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140237788
Editor:
Gillan, Jennifer
Editor:
Gillan, Jennifer
Author:
Gillan, Marua Mazziotti
Author:
Gillan, Maria Mazziotti and Jennifer Gil
Author:
Gillan, Maria Mazziotti
Author:
Gillan, Jennifer
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., USA :
Subject:
American
Subject:
United states
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
American poetry (collections)
Subject:
Minorities
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Ethnic groups
Subject:
American poetry -- 20th century.
Subject:
Ethnic groups -- United States -- Poetry.
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Minorities -- United States -- Poetry.
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
OC-135
Publication Date:
19941131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.88x6.04x.90 in. .99 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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