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From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great Paperback – May 19, 2009
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Camille T. Dungy is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.
Matt O'Donnell is founder and Executive Director of From the Fishouse, based in Pittston, Maine.
Jeffrey Thomson is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Maine in Farmington.
Gerald Stern, the author of nineteen poetry collections, has won the National Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Frost medal, and the Award of Merit (from the American Academy of Arts and Letters), among others. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey, and New York City.
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What I like most about the book is its indexing. Since it is hard to pigeon hole a poem into just one category, the editors are considerate enough to indicate the obvious techniques employed in every poem and rearrange them in the end-of-book index. Say you are a teacher and you want to make use of a poem that makes use of long vowels for your own teaching, the list will help you to locate the right works. It's so convenient.
Though the poems are gathered in this anthology mainly because they all emphasize the oral nature of poetry, meaning is not sacrificed. Some of my favorite lines include: "And me with my Voice, projecting nostalgia/ onto strangers" (Charles Flowers' "The Way We Were", p. 37), "Once, I pressed my ear/ against a doorframe in Iowa./ Picture a lover fresh from his beloved/ trying hard to become a doorframe/ through which that beloved will walk and even sleepwalk. Listen." (John Poch's "Jorie Graham", p. 84), "Let the pregnant woman hold something of clay in her hand/ for the secret of patience (no secret) is more patience." (Ilya Kaminsky's "Second Ending of the Fairy Tale", p. 90), "... we can't keep our hands off each other/ until we can - " (Matthew Dickman's "Love", p. 151).