- Paperback: 1189 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 1 edition (December 26, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072400196
- ISBN-13: 978-0072400199
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Born in Los Angeles in 1950, Dana Gioia attended Stanford University and did graduate work at Harvard, where he studied with Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Fitzgerald. He left Harvard to attend Stanford Business School. For fifteen years he worked in New York for general Foods (eventually becoming a Vice President) while writing nights and weekends, In 1992 he became a full-time writer. Currently he lives in California. Gioia has published three books of poems, Daily Horoscope (1986), The Gods of Winter (1991), and Interrogations at Noon (2001), which won the American Book Award. He is also the author of Can Poetry Matter? (1992; reprinted 2002). He has edited a dozen anthologies of poetry and fiction. A prolific critic and reviewer, he is also a frequent commentator on American culture for BBC Radio. He recently completed Nosferatu (2001), an opera libretto for composer Alva Henderson.
David Mason was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington, and received degrees from The Colorado College and the University of Rochester. He spent most of his twenties traveling and working as a manual laborer, with a brief stint working for a film company. He has taught at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and is now on the faculty of The Colorado College. He lives in the mountains outside Colorado Springs. Mason’s two prize-winning books of poems are The Buried Houses (1991) and The Country I Remember (1996). With Mark Jarman he co-edited Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism (1996; reprinted 1998) and with the late John Frederick Nims Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry (2000). His collection of literary essays, The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry, appeared in 2000. Mason is also a memoirist, fiction writer and frequent book reviewer.
Meg Schoerke was raised in the Philadelphia and Chicago areas. She did undergraduate work at Northwestern University and earned M.A. M. F. A. and Ph. D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. Her poems and reviews have appeared in journals such as The American Scholar, TriQuarterly, and The Hudson Review. She has also published a poetry chapbook, Beyond Mourning, and contributed essays to a variety of books on twentieth century American poetry. She lives in San Francisco, where she works as an Associate Professor of English at San Francisco State University.
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Another component of the anthology that I appreciate are the introductions that accompanies not only each poet's collection of poems, but each literary movement as well. The editors went through what must have been a pain staking effort to define William Carlos Williams' "Variable Foot." I cannot say enough good things about this anthology.
The editors of this collection give reasons in their introduction for why they've left out certain authors. All that being said.
This is a fantastic collection, and for someone who is just learning to appreciate Modern (Capital M) poets, this is a great place to start. Book is organized into specific poetic genre and styles and each work is prefaced with a small biogrpahy of the authors life and their work. I would reccomend it to anyone looking for getting into this particular genre of poetry. Cheers.