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Sumac was a Michigan-based literary journal founded J in 1968 by poets Dan Gerber and Jim Harrison; novelist Tom McGuane joined the editorial staff in 1969 as the fiction editor. When the inaugural issue appeared, more than 250 American literary magazines were listed in The Directory of Magazines and Small Press; within three years, Sumac rose to the first tier of these publications and was nationally recognized for its eclecticism and editorial quality. The Library Journal called it "one of the best little magazines now being published".

Remaining true to Sumac's energetic catholicity, The Sumac Reader is an anthology that contains poetry, experimental fiction, and works in translation that originally appeared in the magazine. Contributors include four Pulitzer Prize-winning poets — Galway Kinnell, Charles Simic, Louis Simpson, and Gary Snyder — along with the likes of Paul Blackburn, Hayden Carruth, Richard Hugo, Denise Levertov, Ezra Pound, Adrienne Rich, and Diane Wakoski. There are early poems by Charles Simic, James Tate, and Michael Waters, as well as a complete section from Galaway Kinnell's classic, The Book of Nightmares. Fiction is represented in Sumac by a first-published Jim Heynen story ("Coyote") and early prose by William Kittredge. Translations from Chinese, French, Spanish, and Russian bring to American readers the work of masters such as Tu Fu, Lorca, and Li Po. A variety of poetic forms are represented, including ghazals, narratives, suites, found poems, and the freest of free verse.

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"This collection functions as a cultural time capsule... [T]hese selected works, observed in hindsight, suggest that Sumac's contributors captured the pulse of the times with remarkable clarity." Publisher's Weekly

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The Sumac Reader is an anthology that contains poetry, experimental fiction, and works in translation that originally appeared in the magazine.

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Joseph Bednarik is an editor with Story Line Press in Eugene, Oregon.

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Lit-Mag-Fan, March 24, 2011 (view all comments by Lit-Mag-Fan)
Literary magazines are the laboratories where mad poetry geniuses set loose their experiments, where young poets find early recognition, and where readers can ride the cutting edge. Sumac was a lit mag published in the late 1960s and early 1970s and edited by Dan Gerber and Jim Harrison (the poet and novelist); novelist Thomas McGuane was the fiction editor. Their intent was an "energetic catholicity," and this anthology distills the best from the nine issues. The work is consistently stellar. There are, of course, the "Big Names" like Pound and Levertov, early work of poets who became big, like Simic and Kinnell, and exhilarating discoveries of all-but-unknown poets who streaked across the sky like a comet--and Sumac was fortunate enough to catch the flash: A poet named J.D. Reed comes to mind. (After reading his piece in The Sumac Reader, I hunted down his o/p books.) Also included is a comprehensive bibliography and pictures of every Sumac cover. After reading the anthology I wished I could still get a subscription to the magazine.
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ISBN:
9780870134623
Author:
Bednarik, Joseph
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Introduction by:
Harrison, Jim
Introduction by:
Gerber, Dan
Introduction:
Gerber, Dan
Introduction:
Harrison, Jim
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
American literature (collections)
Subject:
American literature -- 20th century.
Subject:
American poetry -- 20th century.
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19970331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
236
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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The Sumac Reader is an anthology that contains poetry, experimental fiction, and works in translation that originally appeared in the magazine.

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