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Illinois Voices : An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry - Kevin Stein

Illinois Voices

An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry

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Illinois may at first glance seem distant from the epicenter of the literary rebellion of twentieth-century poetry, but much of that revolt was fomented by writers of the Chicago Renaissance and unfurled in the pages of Chicago's own little magazine, Harriet Monroe's Poetry. Edgar Lee Masters's Spoon River Anthology marked a further turning on the road of experimentation.

Illinois Voices includes the work of more than seventy-five poets, both those closely associated with Illinois (Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg, Kenneth Fearing, John Knoepfle) and those, such as Oak Park -- born Ernest Hemingway, whose connection with the state may surprise readers. Some poems reflect a strong regional sensibility; many others have more universal concerns. Defining an Illinois poet as one born in Illinois or one who produced a considerable body of significant work while living in the state, this generous volume covers a range of poetic styles and aesthetics, from formalist to avant-garde, jazz-inspired to rural plain-speaking. The editors collaborated closely with the living poets in selecting the pieces included.

From Gwendolyn Brooks's cutting portrait of the "Ladies from the Ladies' Betterment League" to Allison Joseph's urban "homemade streetcorner music" to Lisel Mueller's gently sardonic map of the small-town Midwest ("Austrian food is not served in Vienna, / and people in Paris drink Coke, not wine"), Illinois Voices magnifies the fragile threads of human connection. These rich and memorable poems transmit not only the quirky, multifaceted personality of the state but also a human geography that transcends precise location.

"The editors ... hope to 'surprise and confirm' our sense of Illinois poetry, and they succeed admirably... The anthology is not boosterism but includes the ambivalence about Illinois that has long characterized its literature." -- Lisa Woolley, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society ADVANCE PRAISE "This is a very exciting anthology. The editors have done an impressive job of gathering splendid individual poems as well as fully representing the schools, modes, and tastes of Illinois poetry. Illinois Voices establishes a large sense of cultural history and poetic evolution, presenting not only poetry from Illinois but a microcosm of twentieth-century American poetry." -- David Baker, author of Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry

Introduction
The Meetingp. 1
These Twop. 2
Rubensp. 2
The Gardenp. 3
The Hillp. 4
Trainor, the Druggistp. 5
Minerva Jonesp. 5
Doctor Meyersp. 6
Mrs. Meyersp. 6
Margaret Fuller Slackp. 7
Fiddler Jonesp. 7
Sexsmith the Dentistp. 8
Lucinda Matlockp. 9
Starved Rockp. 9
An Indian Summer Day on the Prairiep. 13
To Mary Pickford - Moving Picture Actressp. 13
Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnightp. 14
The Right to Griefp. 16
Onion Daysp. 17
Happinessp. 18
A Teamster's Farewellp. 18
Halsted Street Carp. 19
I Am the People, the Mobp. 19
Murmurings in a Field Hospitalp. 20
Washerwomanp. 20
Chicagop. 21
Ars Poeticap. 22
Cook Countyp. 23
The Old Men in the Leaf Smokep. 24
Autumnp. 24
Champs d'Honneurp. 25
Valentinep. 25
The Lady Poet with Footnotesp. 26
The Age Demandedp. 26
The Indians in the Woodsp. 27
The Grandmother Remembersp. 27
To My Infant Daughterp. 28
For My Father's Gravep. 29
Obituaryp. 30
Twentieth-Century Bluesp. 31
Any Man's Advice to His Sonp. 32
The Hours of the Dayp. 33
Snowp. 33
The Presencep. 36
Love Poemp. 37
The Young Ioniap. 38
Tide Turningp. 39
Trick or Treatp. 40
V-Letterp. 42
The Bourgeois Poetp. 44
Crossing Lincoln Parkp. 44
Editing Poetryp. 45
A Child's Birthdayp. 47
The Distancesp. 48
The Aragon Ballroomp. 49
Poemectomyp. 50
The Coora Flowerp. 52
The Lovers of the Poorp. 52
We Real Coolp. 55
The Near-Johannesburg Boyp. 56
The Motherp. 57
Gay Chaps at the Barp. 58
The Black Womenp. 60
Malcolm Xp. 61
From The Blackstone Rangersp. 61
Uncle Seagramp. 62
A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Baconp. 63
Byzantium I Come Not Fromp. 69
Harpe's Headp. 71
late winter in menard countyp. 72
confluencep. 74
bathp. 75
dark spaces: thoughts on all souls dayp. 76
Alive Togetherp. 78
Highway Poemsp. 79
Another Versionp. 82
Naming the Animalsp. 83
Monet Refuses the Operationp. 84
Triagep. 85
Curriculum Vitaep. 86
Oeuvrep. 88
Return to DeKalbp. 89
Cormorantp. 90
From Issa: A Suite of Haikup. 91
Ode on a Bicycle on Halsted Street in a Sudden Summer Thunderstormp. 93
In the Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern Universityp. 93
Ode to the Angels Who Move Perpetually toward the Dayspring of Their Youthp. 94
Andy Hasselgardp. 98
Roma Higginsp. 98
Elwood Collins: Summer of 1932p. 99
Drink and Agriculturep. 100
Singing in the Toyotap. 102
For Lorine Niedecker in Heavenp. 103
Water Liliesp. 104
Evening Songp. 104
Starved Rockp. 106
The Coal Minersp. 109
God's Measurementsp. 110
Lobsters in the Brain Coralp. 114
Compass of the Dyingp. 116
Man's Countryp. 120
Lines on a Platonic Friendshipp. 121
River of Bones and Flesh and Bloodp. 122
Climbing Sears Towerp. 124
Making Chicagop. 125
In the Chariot Drawn by Dragonsp. 127
The Age of Reasonp. 128
More Trouble with the Obviousp. 130
Crabapplesp. 132
Walking the Baby to the Liquor Storep. 133
The Fallp. 135
The Judy Travaillo Variationsp. 137
Interstate 80p. 140
On the Conditions of Placep. 141
Billie Holidayp. 143
Saturday Night Decadesp. 144
Nijinsky's Dogp. 146
Perennialp. 148
Confessionp. 148
Incontinencep. 151
Sleepwalking Solop. 153
Windy Cityp. 154
Killing Memoryp. 155
The B Networkp. 159
The Black Heart as Ever Greenp. 161
Woman Hanging from Lightpole, Illinois Route 136p. 162
Washing Your Hairp. 163
Mapsp. 166
The Applep. 166
From Snowpoemsp. 169
Summers of Vietnamp. 171
Lunar Frostp. 173
Killer Bluesp. 178
The Roundsp. 179
On Being Disabled by Light at Dawn in the Wildernessp. 182
American Cheesep. 182
Art of a Cold Sunp. 183
Preparing the Deadp. 185
Caged Stonep. 188
Black Tulipsp. 189
Family Romancep. 190
Theoretical Peoplep. 192
Letter to Einstein Beginning Dear Albertp. 194
A Few Picnics in Illinoisp. 197
Sorrow and Rapturep. 198
Little Ode for Xp. 199
Sparrowp. 201
"Luckies"p. 202
Nostradamus Predicts the Destruction of Chicagop. 204
Icep. 205
Taggingp. 206
Letter to Friends East and Westp. 208
The Talk Showp. 210
Meopp. 212
Rooftop Piperp. 214
Workersp. 215
Under the Ninth Skyp. 217
Key to Dreamsp. 217
The Kingdomp. 218
Screensp. 219
The Man I Love and I Shop at Jewelp. 220
14 Reasons Why I Mention Mario Lanza to the Man I Love Every Chance I Get Tonightp. 221
Triptychp. 222
Husband and Wifep. 224
For the Sleepwalkersp. 225
American Apocalypsep. 226
Wild Gratitudep. 229
Tvp. 231
Mortal Sorrowsp. 232
A Blasphemyp. 233
The End of Communismp. 234
Nellp. 236
Settled Inp. 238
In Your Own Sweet Timep. 240
Dirty Dreams and God Smilingp. 242
Plunderp. 244
Prognosisp. 245
Spinster Song: African-American Woman Guildp. 246
Miz Rosa Rides the Busp. 246
Transformable Prophecyp. 248
The Leavingp. 249
Young Wife's Lamentp. 249
Songp. 251
Wild Turkeys: The Dignity of the Damnedp. 252
Imagining Their Own Hymnsp. 254
From Who Needs Twop. 256
Tenderitisp. 264
How Lies Growp. 265
Lost and Foundp. 265
For the New York City Poet Who Informed Me that Few People Live This Wayp. 266
Rainp. 267
The Toltecp. 269
Me and Babyp. 269
Women Are Not Rosesp. 270
Things to Do in the Biblep. 272
Lesbian Cornp. 273
Being Sick Togetherp. 273
Portrait of My Father and His Grandsonp. 275
Song of the Old Manp. 275
A Beginningp. 276
The Assassination of Robert Goulet as Performed by Elvis Presley: Memphis, 1968p. 277
"It's Only Rock and Roll but I Like It": The Fall of Saigon, 1975p. 277
Workmen Photographed inside the Reactorp. 278
Rajah in Babylonp. 280
You Bring Out the Mexican in Mep. 282
I Am So in Love I Grow a New Hymenp. 284
Heart, My Lovely Hobop. 285
Loose Womanp. 286
Reflection on El Train Glassp. 288
Rant, Rave and Ricochetp. 288
To the Police Officer Who Refused to Sit in the Same Room as My Son because He's a "Gang Banger"p. 290
Past Midnight, My Daughter Awakened by Miles Davis' Kind of Bluep. 291
Night Shift, after Drinking Dinner, Container Corporation of America, 1972p. 292
It Didn't Begin with Horned Owls Hooting at Noonp. 294
In the Kingdom of Perpetual Repairp. 295
Addictionp. 297
Pleasurep. 299
Rothko's Yellowp. 301
Upon Hearing of My Friend's Marriage Breaking Up, I Envision Attack from Outer Spacep. 302
White Cranep. 304
I Ask My Mother to Singp. 306
This Room and Everything in Itp. 306
Eating Togetherp. 308
The Cleavingp. 308
Armadillo Charmp. 314
Estrellitasp. 316
Dangerous Lifep. 317
The Body Mutiniesp. 318
Needlesp. 318
Skinp. 321
Between the Actsp. 323
12 East Scott Streetp. 325
A Man Named Troyp. 327
West Willowp. 329
Traitorp. 330
In the Bookstorep. 332
On Sidewalks, on Streetcorners, as Girlsp. 333
The Woolworth's Poemp. 336
Contributorsp. 339
Acknowledgmentsp. 353
Index of Poems and Poetsp. 363
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ISBN: 9780252069789
ISBN-10: 0252069781
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 16th July 2001
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.5