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Sweet Nothings : An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry - Jim Elledge

Sweet Nothings

An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry

By: Jim Elledge (Editor)

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Published: 22nd June 1994
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"Every lovesick summer has its song, And this one I pretended to despise.But if I were alone when it came on, I turned it up full-blast to sing along -- A primal scream in croaky baritone, The notes all flat, the lyrics mostly slurred -- No wonder I spent so much time alongMaking the rounds in Dad's old Thunderbird." -- From "Cruising with the Beach Boys" by Dana Gioia

No one should be surprised that rock and roll music turns up in the work of many of the Baby-Boom poets, where it conjures up poignant memories, evokes a specific mood, or haunts the poets' psychic landscape. Arranged in a loosely thematic manner, the 125 poems in Sweet Nothings mirror the varied forms of rock and roll, mimic its sounds, bask in its innocence, draw inspiration from its rebelliousness. For this collection Jim Elledge has gathered works by 79 poets, among them some of the most highly regarded poets of our time: Frank O'Hara, Joyce Carol Oates, David Wojahn, Thom Gunn, Rita Dove, Lynda Hull, Albert Goldbarth, Lisel Mueller, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gary Soto, William Matthews. In the final section of the book the poets comment on the relationship between their works and rock and roll.

Introduction: Rock and Roll and American Poetry
W.C.W. Watching Presley's Second Appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show: Mercy Hospital, Newark, 1956p. 1
On the Elvis Mailing Listp. 3
Letter to Russell Barronp. 4
Woody Guthrie Visited by Bob Dylan: Brooklyn State Hospital, New York, 1961p. 6
Late Summer Newsp. 7
"Tumbling Dice"p. 10
Jungle Musicp. 11
Class Bullyp. 14
How Near Vietnam Came to Usp. 16
The Songs We Fought Forp. 18
Very True Confessionsp. 19
Hanoi Hannahp. 21
Forgetting the Sixtiesp. 23
Meet the Supremesp. 25
Painkillersp. 30
Eighties Meditationp. 32
Strangers: An Essayp. 33
The Back-Up Singerp. 36
Midnight Reportsp. 39
The Man Who Knew the Words to "Louie, Louie"p. 41
"Johnny B. Goode"p. 43
Rock 'n Rollp. 45
Song of the Burningp. 46
The Hours Musicians Keepp. 49
An Elegy for Bob Marleyp. 51
Time with Stevie Wonder in Itp. 53
The One White Face in the Placep. 55
Decrescendop. 59
Upon Finding a Black Woman's Door Sprayed with Swastikas, I Tell Her This Story of Handsp. 61
Christ at the Apollo, 1962p. 63
Soul Musicp. 65
The Supremesp. 67
Tu Do Streetp. 69
It Was Fever That Made the Worldp. 71
Consolationp. 73
The Purest Ragep. 75
Chosen to Be Waterp. 77
The Day Lady Diedp. 78
Heatp. 80
American Bandstandp. 81
"Hully Gully"p. 83
"Dream Lover"p. 84
The Penalty for Bigamy Is Two Wivesp. 86
Sound Systemsp. 87
Curesp. 88
Elvis Presleyp. 90
The Prophecyp. 91
Bettyp. 93
Playlandp. 96
Performancep. 97
Dancing to the Track Singers at the Nightclubp. 99
Nine of Clubs, Cleveland, Ohiop. 101
The Deaf Dancing to Rockp. 104
"Their Hats Is Always White"p. 105
I Wannabe Your Queenp. 106
Mary's Dreamp. 108
Fansp. 109
The Victimp. 111
Video Mamap. 112
To Marie Osmondp. 113
Mama Loves Janis Joplinp. 114
Honky-Tonk Bluesp. 116
Homage to Robert Johnsonp. 118
Heartbreak Hotel Piano-Barp. 120
Joni Mitchellp. 121
Ancestral Echoes / Rap Musicp. 123
The Everly Brothersp. 124
Father of the Manp. 125
Paul Butterfield, Dead at 44p. 127
Salad Daysp. 128
The Girl with the Bad Repp. 129
Spofford Hallp. 132
The Summer the Beatles Went Over Seven Minutes on a Singlep. 133
Audubon Drive, Memphisp. 135
The Year the Space Age Was Bornp. 137
Vacation, 1969p. 139
In 1969p. 140
Nursing the Sunburnp. 141
Tempted by the Classical on Returning from the Store at Twenty below Zerop. 142
Household Godsp. 145
"Monday, Monday"p. 147
"California Dreaming"p. 151
Californiap. 152
"What's So Funny 'bout Peace, Love and Understanding"p. 155
"When You Wish upon a Star That Turns into a Plane"p. 156
Seizing the Dayp. 158
After Supperp. 159
How It Comesp. 161
Cruising with the Beach Boysp. 163
For the Last Summerp. 165
First Performance of the Rock 'n Roll Band Puce Exitp. 167
How Garnett Mims and the Enchanters Came into Your Lifep. 170
Smokingp. 171
Late Afternoon at the Arboretump. 173
First Radiop. 175
Hurley Highp. 176
Jesus Never Sleepsp. 178
The Burden Liftersp. 180
On Living with a Fat Woman in Heavenp. 182
Fifties Rock Party, 1985p. 184
Heavenp. 186
Enclosurep. 188
The Death of Janis Joplinp. 190
People Are Dropping Out of Our Livesp. 192
Homage to Lester Flattp. 195
Buddy Hollyp. 197
Sphinxp. 199
Patsy Clinep. 201
Eight Ballp. 203
Necromancy: The Last Days of Brian Jones, 1968p. 206
Epithalamionp. 207
Duckling, Swanp. 209
Elegy for Elvisp. 211
Over Voice of Americap. 213
"All Shook Up"p. 215
Rocket to Russiap. 217
Venice Beach: Brief Songp. 218
A Challenge to the Readerp. 220
Bryan Ferryp. 224
World without Endp. 225
Night Waitressp. 228
Waiting on Elvis, 1956p. 230
Wildsisters Barp. 231
On the Otis Redding Bridgep. 234
Contributors' Notes and Commentsp. 235
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
Author Indexp. 277
Title Indexp. 279
Index to First Linesp. 281
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780253208644
ISBN-10: 0253208645
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 22nd June 1994
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.4