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United States of Poetry Hardcover – March 30, 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (March 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810939274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810939271
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA?This collection of 80 poems is representative of the type of poetry showcased on public television's "The United States of Poetry." Based on the premise that poetry reflects the culture of our nation, it combines the works of Nobel Laureates, rock n' rollers, Beats, cowboy poets, rappers, and even former presidents. The varying styles, voices, and ideas incorporated into this anthology provide readers with a view of America that is new and fresh, portraying poetry in a similar fashion. Students will be particularly impressed with the photographs, illustrations, and collages that accompany the selections. Chronicling a visual as well as literary diversity of American society, the editors have collected works that center around themes such as "The Land and the People," "Day in the Life," "The American Dream," "Love and Sex," "The Word," and "Portraits." Teachers will find this book to be an excellent resource for developing lesson plans and for prompting discussion on imagery. A title that will have great appeal for YAs interested in pursuing a casual or more in-depth study of poetry.?Ron Axelrod, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

This is the book component--actually, a sort of souvenir program in which gaudy photos and layout largely obliterate the text--of the multimedia blitz whose title it bears. (There are also CD-ROM, broadcast-TV--Public, of course--and other kinds of merchandise out there under the same label.) The commodity ostensibly promoted by all this packaging is American poetry, which, according to the book's introduction, was "something written by the Dead" before the Nuyorican gang of "perfpos" (performance poets) came along to put it on video. Fortunately, some good poets have contributed to what many may think is a pretty condescending project--call it McPoetry--and the public-culture establishment is pushing the book and video versions at every opportunity. Expect demand for this admittedly well-produced book, but have faith: poetry will survive it. Ray Olson

More About the Author

Born in 1954, during a blizzard, in Cleveland Ohio at Mount Sinai Hospital, Thylias Moss began to write when she was seven years old, and continued, ultimately graduating from Oberlin College in 1981, and from Grad School at the University of New Hampshire in 1983, same year that my first volume of poetry: Hosiery Seams on a Bowlegged Woman was published. Only 4 feet 10 inches tall, she combats this vertical challenge with making big, and has published 10 books, encouraged by winning $25.00 in a Cleveland Public Library Contest for "The Problem with Loving a Ghost of a Sailor" when she was 17 years old--best $25.00 ever!

She has won many awards, including: "The Dewars Profiles Performance Artist's Award in Poetry" for "Poem for My Mother's and other makers of Asafetida" several Pushcart Prizes, and multiple inclusions in the Best American Poetry Series. She has also won a Whiting Writer's Award, an NEA Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1996. Currently she is involved in limited forking.

She was most pleased with her inclusion in the film: "The United States of Poetry" shown on PBS. Clips from my inclusion are among my videos: "9:08 Am - Nagging Misunderstanding: and "Green Light and Gamma Ways".

The "Fork" video was made to accompany my essay in "One Word" --although I mostly wrote about "forking" my essay is entitled "sixpack"

You can see my video "poams" --products of acts of making on the forker girl youtube channel. and if you search for "limited fork" online, whatever you find is likely about me.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
These poems express a rather cultural aspect of American Society. Each reader will, in most cases, be able to "connect" with these poems and what they stand for. They are definately not the typical poems, but what is typical anyway? People from different cultures and different backrounds will identify with the entirety of this book.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I loved this collection. I especially liked the Peter Frampton retrospective at the end. He really is one of America's greatest writers, and a mormon, too, I understand. And "I'm not going to wear that thing" rules. Keep up the good work. Surf Reality.
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