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Real Things: An Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry

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Publisher Comments:

"What a great premise for an anthology! And it succeeds, both in its celebration of our crazy culture and its fascinating analysis, through the poems, of popular myths that have stood the test of time." --Kliatt

In the past few decades, poetry about and around popular culture has become a very hip contemporary art form. Real Things is a collection of over 150 poems by more than 130 poets who themselves represent the cultural diversity of the United States. With subjects ranging from the influence of Mickey Mouse on child-raising to the relationship of Barbie to sex in America, from the societal effects of the movie Psycho to our fascination with dirty politics and Ralph Kramden, the poems in this anthology question and celebrate the attitudes that our society shares.

About the Author

Among JIM ELLEDGE's ten books are four collections of his poetry, most recently Into the Arms of the Universe which won the 1995 Stonewall competition for gay and lesbian poets; four volumes of literary criticism; and Sweet Nothings: An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry, also published by Indiana University Press. Professor of English at Illinois State University, he teaches in that department's creative writing program and is director/editor of Thorngate Road, a press.

Susan Swartwout is Assistant Professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University where she teaches creative writing and literature. She also serves on the editorial staff of The Cape Rock and advises the student literary magazine, Journey. Her two collections of poetry are entitled Freaks and Uncommon Ground, and she has poems published in literary journals such as Nebraska Review, The Cape Rock, Mississippi Review, Negative Capability, and Spoon River Poetry Review.

Table of Contents

A Sampling of the Contents

June Jordan, Mid-Year Report: For Haruko

Jonathan Holden, Why We Bombed Haiphong

Katharyn Howd Machan, No, Superman Was Not the Only One

Rafael Campo, Superman Is Dead

Kathleen de Azevedo, Famous Women--Claudette Colbert

Susan Swartwout, The Gypsy Teaches Her Grandchild Wolfen Ways

Edward Field, The Bride of Frankenstein

William Trowbridge, Kong Breaks a Leg at the William Morris Agency

David Wojahn, Francis Ford Coppola and Anthropologist Interpreter Teaching Gartewienna Tribesmen to Sing "Light My Fire," Philippine Jungle, 1978

Chrystos, Soap Bubbles

Joseph Like, James Dean and the Pig

Frank O'Hara, Four Little Elegies

Sharon Olds, The Death of Marilyn Monroe

Judy Grahn, [I have come to claim / Marilyn Monroe's body]

Dennis Cooper, From "Some Adventures of John Kennedy, Jr."

Jim Elledge, The Man I Love and I Have a Typical Evening the Night Richard M. Nixon Dies

William Trowbridge, Viet Kong

Ai, Blue Suede Shoes

Maureen Seaton, A Story of Stonewall

David Lehman, The Difference Between Pepsi and Coke

Martin Espada, Coca-Cola and Coco Frio

Marge Piercy, Barbie Doll

Daniel Mark Epstein, Mannequins

Rita Dove, After Reading Mickey in the Night Kitchen for the Third Time Before Bed

Maxine Chernoff, Breasts

Julia Alvarez, Against Cinderella

Olga Broumas, Rapunzel

Katharyn Howd Machan, Hazel Tells LaVerne

Robin Becker, Peter Pan in North America

Audre Lorde, The Day They Eulogized Mahalia

Juan Felipe Herrera, Iowa Blues Bar Spiritual

Timothy Liu, Echoes

Jonathan Holden, Liberace

Joy Harjo, We Encounter Nat King Cole as We Invent the Future

Marilyn Hacker, Mythology

Gary Soto, Dizzy Girls in the Sixties

Jan-Mitchell Sherrill, Woodstock

Pedro Pietri, The First Rock and Roll Song of 1970

Maureen Seaton, Blonde Ambition

Pamela Stewart, Punk Pantoum

Paula Gunn Allen, Teaching Poetry at Votech High, Santa Fe, the Week John Lennon Was Shot

Yusef Komunyakaa, Never Land

Angela Jackson, Billie in Silk

Bruce Weigl, Homage to Elvis, Homage to the Fathers

Mary A. Koncel, Come Back, Elvis, Come Back to Holyoke

Connie Deanovich, From "Ephemera Today on All My Children"

Daniel Hoffman, In the Days of Rin-Tin-Tin

klipschutz, Funicello at 50

Dorothy Barresi, When I think About America Sometimes (I Think of Ralph Kramden)

Dennis Cooper, David Cassidy Then

Tim Dlugos, Gilligan's Island

Gary Soto, TV in Black and White

William Carpenter, Ghosts

Carol J. Pierman, The Apparition

Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California

Jennifer M. Pierson, Thrift Shop Ladies

Baron Wormser, Shoplifting

Larry Levis, Whitman

Paul Zimmer, Romance

Mark Doty, Days of 1981

David Baker, 8-Ball at the Twilite

Jim Daniels, Ted's Bar and Grill

William Matthews, A Story Often Told in Bars: The Reader's Digest Version

Robin Becker, Dreaming at the Rexall Drug

Sharon Bryan, Lunch with Girl Scouts

Michael Pettit, Vanna White's Bread Pudding

Thom Tammaro, 'mericn fst fd

Jim Daniels, Short-Order Cook

William Hathaway, Why That's Bob Hope

Charles Bernstein, Of Time and the Line

Albert Goldbarth, The Counterfeit Earth!

Paul Violi, Harold and Imogene

James Tate, The Motorcyclists

Louise Erdrich, The Lady in the Pink Mustang

Mark Wunderlich, Take Good Care of Yourself

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Lost Parents

Garrett Kaoru Hongo, Off from Swing Shift

Emily Hiestand, Moon Winx Motel

Martin Espada, Transient Hotel Sky at the Hour of Sleep

Paul Allen, Tattoo #47, "Happy Dragon"

Sandra McPherson, Pornography, Nebraska

Alberto Rios, The Man She Called Honey, and Married

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780253212290
Editor:
Elledge, Jim
Editor:
Swartwout, Susan
Editor:
Elledge, Jim
Editor:
Swartwout, Susan
Author:
Elledge, Jim
Author:
Swartwout, Susan
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
American poetry (collections)
Subject:
American poetry -- 20th century.
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States -- Poetry.
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Subject:
Literature and Literary Studies; Poetry; Twentieth Century or Later
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 index
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8.21x5.49x1.15 in. .98 lbs.

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