Synopses & Reviews
A collection of nearly 400 poems by more than 100 different writers, The Extraordinary Tide synthesizes and celebrates an entire era of poetry by women in America. Long overdue, the anthology includes America's most recognized poets as well as those emerging as exciting new artists of contemporary verse.
Featuring recent work by poets as aesthetically diverse as Ai, Jane Kenyon, Ann Lauterbach, Carolyn Forch?, and Leslie Scalapino, the collection is the most complete map now available of a vastly underexplored landscape in American writing. Also included are poems by Julia Alvarez, Lucille Clifton, Alice Fulton, Tess Gallagher, Amy Gerstler, Jane Hirschfield, Heather McHugh, Alice Notley, Lucia Perillo, Marie Ponsot, Mary Jo Salter, Ellen Bryant Voigt, C. D. Wright, and many others.
The delights of this anthology are in its plurality, its collection of such a rich and varied sampling of that tide flooding American shores. -- from the Foreword by Eleanor Wilner, author of Otherwise and Sarah's Choice
"The Extraordinary Tide is an extraordinary and important anthology that anyone interested in contemporary American poetry will want to read and cherish. The voices in this book are diverse; the kinds of poems gathered here are various in style and subject. But the one assumption that underlies and animates every line of every poem is that inclusiveness, intellectual and imaginative restlessness, impurity and radical play are the life blood of our language and our literature, renewing the very conventions and traditions they resist. Contemporary American women poets have given a great gift to all students of poetry, to all of us who go to poetry for news of what it means to be a human being at this moment in our history." Alan Shapiro, University of North Carolina
"Reluctant as American poetry has been to embrace its own majority, the almost inestimable variety, abundance, and accomplishment of this anthology makes one shudder to think how half-hearted our national literature would be without the voices that are gathered here. It's as if, at last, Eurydice had cleared the vast silence of the underworld, and in so doing she has fashioned a music that enlarges the voice in all of us." Sherod Santos, author of The Pilot Star Elegies
"Stunning in its accomplishment and breathtaking in scope, The Extraordinary Tide is an anthology like no other: rather than merely defining some very particular territory, the work of the women writers gathered herein in fact gorgeously illuminates all of contemporary American letters....Utterly necessary reading for all of us, who have learned from the likes of Dickinson and Bishop, whose distinguished company is joined by these diverse and essential writers of our time." Rafael Campo, author of Diva and What the Body Told
A collection of nearly 400 poems by more than 100 different writers, "The Extraordinary Tide" synthesizes and celebrates an entire era of poetry by women in America. Long overdue, the anthology includes America's most recognized poets as well as those emerging as exciting new artists of contemporary verse. With a provocative foreword by Eleanor Wilner and short biographies of all the poets, this anthology stakes out an authoritative space for poetry written by American women and will help to define new poetic terrain for readers and writers of contemporary verse.