Synopses & Reviews
The long-awaited follow-up to The Key to the City
&3151; a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1986 Anne Winters's The Displaced of Capital
emanates a quiet and authoritative passion for social justice, embodying the voice of a subtle, sophisticated conscience.
The "displaced" in the book's title refers to the poor, the homeless, and the disenfranchised who populate New York, the city that serves at once as gritty backdrop, city of dreams, and urban nightmare. Winters also addresses the culturally, ethnically, and emotionally excluded and, in these politically sensitive poems, writes without sentimentality of a cityscape of tenements and immigrants, offering her poetry as a testament to the lives of have-nots. In the central poem, Winters witnesses the relationship between two women of disparate social classes whose friendship represents the poet's political convictions. With poems both powerful and musical, The Displaced of Capital marks Anne Winters's triumphant return and assures her standing as an essential New York poet.
"[A] revelation, a daring exploration of New York that is at once high-flown, enraged, philosophical and subtle, Marxist and Wordsworthian, deeply domestic and focused with a spectacular riskiness on the economic engines of inequity." Emily Nussbaum, The New York Times Book Review
The long-awaited follow-up to The Key to the City a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1986 Anne Winter's new book of poems emanates a quiet and authoritative passion for social justice.
About the Author
Anne Winters is associate professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her first book of poems, The Key to the City
, was published by the University of Chicago Press.
Table of Contents
I. The Mill-Race The Mill-Race The Grass Grower The Displaced of Capital An Immigrant Woman Cold-Water Flats II. The First Verse The Depot Villanelle A Sonnet Map of Manhattan Wall and Pine: The Rain Houston Street: A Wino East Fifth Street: A Poster for the Oresteia Greenwich Street: Sad Father with a Hat MacDougal Street: Old-Law Tenements East Eleventh Street: Three Images Eighteenth Street: The Brown Owl of Ulm First Avenue: Drive-In Teller Sixty-seventh Street: Tosca with Man in Bedrock 100 Riverside: Waking Up at Mari's One-forty-sixth Street: My Stepmother's Chloral One-sixty-fifth Street: The Currency Exchange
One-sixty-eighth Street: The Armory One-seventy-fifth Street: The Scout The First Verse