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"In its ninth installment, this anthology, guest-edited this year by Brenda Shaughnessy (Our Andromeda; Danziger is the series editor), brings together 50 poems by writers who have yet to publish a full-length collection. The work, much of it nominated by university writing programs and literary journals, is diverse in voice and subject matter, providing an effective barometer of contemporary American poetry. In Cori A. Winrock's 'Débridement,' pregnancy is imagined as moving back in time: 'I dig a tunnel to my grandmother straight through/ my mother,' which leads to the devastating lines: 'When I arrive at my childhood I undress/ the house like a wound.' Elsewhere, the music of Lo Kwa Mei-en's 'Romance in Which Open Season Changes Everything' disturbingly conflates sexual and hunting imagery: 'From ugly to ugly and armed. The hunt. One hot vex/.../ Love like how a wasteland/ welcomes back. Like to eat alive and start with the hand/ you asked for.' The poems seem to owe as much to 20th-century traditions as to the spirit of invention, and, as such, are a reminder that contemporary poetry is not only alive and well but continuing to evolve. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780976629689
Author:
Shaughnessy, Brenda
Publisher:
Samovar Press
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In its ninth installment, this anthology, guest-edited this year by Brenda Shaughnessy (Our Andromeda; Danziger is the series editor), brings together 50 poems by writers who have yet to publish a full-length collection. The work, much of it nominated by university writing programs and literary journals, is diverse in voice and subject matter, providing an effective barometer of contemporary American poetry. In Cori A. Winrock's 'Débridement,' pregnancy is imagined as moving back in time: 'I dig a tunnel to my grandmother straight through/ my mother,' which leads to the devastating lines: 'When I arrive at my childhood I undress/ the house like a wound.' Elsewhere, the music of Lo Kwa Mei-en's 'Romance in Which Open Season Changes Everything' disturbingly conflates sexual and hunting imagery: 'From ugly to ugly and armed. The hunt. One hot vex/.../ Love like how a wasteland/ welcomes back. Like to eat alive and start with the hand/ you asked for.' The poems seem to owe as much to 20th-century traditions as to the spirit of invention, and, as such, are a reminder that contemporary poetry is not only alive and well but continuing to evolve. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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