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The Wound and Dream : Sixty Years of American Poems about the Spanish Civil War - Cary Nelson

The Wound and Dream

Sixty Years of American Poems about the Spanish Civil War

By: Cary Nelson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th July 2002
ISBN: 9780252070709
Number Of Pages: 344

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When the United States and other powers declined to help fight fascist power at the onset of the Spanish Civil War, forty thousand private citizens from fifty-two countries rallied to join the International Brigade's defense of the Spanish Republic. Born out of the struggle between fascism and democracy and considered the first battle of World War II, the Spanish Civil War holds tremendous ideological significance and has inspired a remarkable range of American poetry.

The Wound and the Dream represents the sixty-year tradition of American poetic responses to the Spanish Civil War and provides an overview of progressive American poetry as a whole. Four of the featured poets -- Alvah Bessie, William Lindsay Gresham, James Neugass, and Edwin Rolfe -- were members of the International Brigade. Their poetry appears alongside lesser-known works by some of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, including Wallace Stevens, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Randall Jarrell, Langston Hughes, and Philip Levine.

Cary Nelson's introduction discusses the collective nature of the poems, puts them in their international context, and provides a sturdy frame-work for interpreting the Spanish Civil War as a historical conjecture that has dramatically altered the ways we read and write poetry. The book also includes a brief biography of each poet and a glossary of related terms.

Industry Reviews

"Nelson has produced a beautiful complement to Madrid, 1937: Letters of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade from the Spanish Civil War (1996), which he coedited. Nelson includes an excellent introductory essay, which, in its focus on the "cultural work poems can do," offers a critical perspective strikingly different from the new critical approach one finds in such works as Marilyn Rosenthal's Poetry of the Spanish Civil War. These poems represent an important poetic tradition outside of canonical US modernism, a tradition of political engagement in which history is not merely background material of the stuff of imagery and metaphor." -- G. Grieve-Carlson, in Choice, Feb. 2003 "A breathtaking collection of U.S. poetry responding to the Spanish Civil War that will surely attract international attention. Not only does Nelson bring forgotten voices back into our consciousness, but he also reaches out and demonstrates the impact on writers not normally associated with 'the last great cause.'" -- Alan Wald, author of Exiles from a Future Time: The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left

Introduction: The International Context for American Poetry about the Spanish Civil Warp. 1
Women of Spainp. 63
Salud!p. 64
The Men That Are Fallingp. 65
Mediterraneanp. 67
Death by Waterp. 74
Elegy for Our Deadp. 76
City of Anguishp. 77
Song of Spainp. 82
Letter from Spainp. 85
Hero - International Brigadep. 87
How Much for Spain?p. 89
Requiem for the Spanish Deadp. 90
Elegy for the Spanish Deadp. 92
Smiles and Bloodp. 94
Sinverguenzap. 96
The Marchp. 97
To Federico Garcia Lorcap. 98
The Defensesp. 99
Snow in Madridp. 101
Near Cataloniap. 102
Noncombatantsp. 103
Silence in Mallorcap. 103
The Programp. 106
Puigcerdap. 107
Epitaphp. 108
For a Young Poet Dead in Spainp. 109
Harvest: June 1938p. 111
Autumn in Californiap. 114
Madridp. 116
Postcard from Spainp. 119
Air Raid: Barcelonap. 121
Lines Written for the Occasion of a Sale of Manuscriptsp. 123
Give Us This Dayp. 124
Say That We Saw Spain Diep. 135
Gautier Visited Spainp. 136
Neutralityp. 137
Lamentp. 138
The Bull in the Olive Fieldp. 139
1/26/39p. 141
Nineteen Thirty-Eightp. 142
The Spanish Liep. 144
A Gay Peoplep. 146
Brigadas Internacionalesp. 148
To a Young American the Day after the Fall of Barcelonap. 149
Reply to S. K.p. 150
Garcia Lorcap. 153
To the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigadep. 154
A Poem for Someone Killed in Spainp. 155
For the Madrid Roadp. 156
Last Kilometerp. 157
Es La Guerrap. 158
The Word Is Twilightp. 159
Before Battlep. 160
Andaluciap. 164
Spainp. 166
Elegy for Garcia Lorcap. 167
First Lovep. 168
Moonlight in Valencia: Civil Warp. 169
Guernicap. 170
Barcelona Celebrates Three Years of Francop. 171
To Eugene J. Lovemanp. 172
In Memory of the Spanish Poet Federico Garcia Lorcap. 174
Blood and Sandp. 175
Spanish Sequencep. 176
Long Past Moncadap. 186
from Letter to the Front (Nos. IV, V, and VI)p. 187
Among the Fallenp. 190
Lorcap. 191
A Federico Garcia Lorcap. 192
Elegiap. 193
Incident at Guernicap. 197
For My Dead Brotherp. 198
The Dead Pastp. 200
Tomorrow's Seedp. 203
To Spainp. 204
Activist Milicianop. 207
Lorcap. 208
Eisenhower's Visit to Franco, 1959p. 209
Into Darkness, in Granadap. 210
All Elegies Are Black and Whitep. 211
In Memory of a Spanish Poetp. 214
The Spanish Civil Warp. 215
Word of Mouthp. 218
The Cartridgesp. 222
To P.L., 1916-1937p. 224
Spain - The Modern Phoenixp. 226
Neruda, the Winep. 233
On the Murder of Lieutenant Jose del Castil Falangist Bravo Martinez, July 12, 1936p. 234
Madrid, May 1977p. 236
Journey to Madridp. 238
In Barcelona You Tried to Screamp. 240
Francisco, I'll Bring You Red Carnationsp. 241
For the Fallenp. 244
Granada: The Rosep. 247
Garcia Lorca and the One-Legged Schoolteacherp. 249
The Valley of the Fallenp. 251
Ingatheringp. 254
They Shall Not Passp. 256
Mariap. 259
Madridp. 261
From a Single Center ...p. 264
Retreat to the Futurep. 267
Rusia en 1931p. 270
In Hidingp. 272
Madrid: July 1978p. 275
Barcelona: The Last Nightp. 276
My Mother with Purse the Summer They Murdered the Spanish Poetp. 278
My Night with Federico Garcia Lorcap. 280
The Carpenter Swam to Spainp. 282
The Search for Lorca's Shadowp. 285
Glossaryp. 287
About the Poetsp. 301
Acknowledgmentsp. 321
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780252070709
ISBN-10: 0252070704
Series: The American Poetry Recovery Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 29th July 2002
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45