Poetry. LYRIC POSTMODERNISMS gathers many well established poets whose work transcends the boundaries between traditional lyric and avant-garde experimentation. Some have been publishing since the 1960s, some have emerged more recently, but all have been influential on newer generations of American poets. Many of these poets are usually not thought of together, being considered as members of different poetic "camps," but they nonetheless participate in a common project of expanding the boundaries of what can be said and done in poetry. This anthology sheds new light on their work, creating a new constellation of contemporary American poetry. This collection provides an opportunity for readers to get to know the work of many writers who may not have received the attention their work and its impact on newer writers deserve. Unlike many anthologies that offer only snippets of writers' work, it contains substantial selections from each poet. Uniquely, it also includes aesthetic statements from each author, which can offer an entryway for readers unfamiliar with the work.
Contributors: Nathaniel Mackey, Suzanne Paola, Bin Ramke, Donald Revell, Martha Ronk, Aaron Shurin, Carol Snow, Susan Stewart, Cole Swensen, Rosmarie Waldrop, Marjorie Welish, Elizabeth Willis, Bruce Beasley, Martine Bellen, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Gillian Conoley, Kathleen Fraser, Forrest Gander, C. S. Giscombe, Peter Gizzi, Brenda Hillman, Claudia Keelan, Timothy Liu.
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Reginald Shepherd's five volumes of poetry, all published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, are: Fata Morgana (2007); Otherhood (2003), a finalist for the 2004 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Wrong (1999); Angel, Interrupted (1996); and Some Are Drowning (1994), winner of the 1993 AWP Award in Poetry. He is the editor of The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (University of Iowa Press, 2004). His collection of literary essays, Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry, is forthcoming in the University of Michigan Press Poets on Poetry series. The widely anthologized recipient of many awards and honors, he lives with his partner in Pensacola, Florida.Review:
Like the best of museum curators, Reginald Shepherd has trusted his own poet s eye and ear in assembling poems by twenty-three of our best (mostly younger) poets poets not usually linked, belonging, as they do, to different schools and movements. From Rosmarie Waldrop s ironic prose poems ('I gave up stress for distress') to Cole Swensen s elegant ekphrastic prose, from C. S. Giscombe s minimalist geographies to Susan Stewart s resonant mythic landscapes, the dominant impression rare today produced by this lyric assemblage is that of quality the sure hand of those who have mastered their craft and can therefore Make It New. This is a truly exciting and memorable anthology! --Marjorie Perloff
All the anthologies of contemporary poetry I know are far too generous. They seem incapable of excluding almost anyone who has gained any reputation, and then they have to compensate for their breadth by such scanty selections there is no possibility of depth. Not so with Reginald Shepherd s Lyric Postmodernisms. Shepherd had the courage to select 23 poets spanning two generations then offer them enough space to provide statements on their aesthetics, display their range (including selections from long poems and uncollected texts). This anthology treats poets not just as makers of objects but as thinkers with visible and engaging projects, who bring lyric consciousness into almost every domain of active life. . . . Here lyric can have its fullest meaning only if there are many more than one postmodernism, as Shepherd elaborates in his brilliant and concise introduction. --Charles Altieri
Poet and editor Reginald Shepherd chose 23 edgy contemporary American poets with inquisitive, postmodern attitudes toward poetry for Lyric Postmodernisms. . . . These poems by Peter Gizzi, Brenda Hillman, Nathaniel Mackey, Martha Ronk and Marjorie Welish, among others ask questions like what is poetry, a looking out or a looking in? This will be a helpful anthology for readers and students looking to orient themselves toward this vital American tradition --Publishers Weekly
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