The Poetry of the Americas Book

The Poetry of the Americas

  • Author : Harris Feinsod
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Date : 2017
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 413
  • ISBN : 9780190682002

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'The Poetry of the Americas' provides an expansive history of relations between poets in the US and Latin America over three decades, from the Good Neighbor diplomacy of World War II to 1960s Cold War cultural policy

The Poetry of Strangers Book
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The Poetry of Strangers

  • Author : Brian Sonia-Wallace
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Date : 2020-06-30
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9780062870247

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It might surprise you who’s a fan of poetry — when it meets them where they are. Before he became an award-winning writer and poet, Brian Sonia-Wallace set up a typewriter on the street with a sign that said “Poetry Store” and discovered something surprising: all over America, people want poems. An amateur busker at first, Brian asked countless strangers, “What do you need a poem about?” To his surprise, passersby opened up to share their deepest yearnings, loves, and heartbreaks. Hundreds of them. Then thousands. Around the nation, Brian’s poetry crusade drew countless converts from all walks of life. In The Poetry of Strangers, Brian tells the story of his cross-country journey in a series of heartfelt and insightful essays. From Minnesota to Tennessee, California to North Dakota, Brian discovered that people aren’t so afraid of poetry when it’s telling their stories. In “dying” towns flourish vibrant artistic spirits and fascinating American characters who often pass under the radar, from the Mall of America’s mall walkers to retirees on Amtrak to self-proclaimed witches in Salem. In a time of unprecedented loneliness and isolation, Brian’s journey shows how art can be a vital bridge to community in surprising places. Conventional wisdom says Americans don’t want to talk to each other, but according to this poet-for-hire, everyone is just dying to be heard. Thought-provoking, moving, and eye-opening, The Poetry of Strangers is an unforgettable portrait of America told through the hidden longings of one person at a time, by one of our most important voices today. The fault lines and conflicts which divide us fall away when we remember to look, in every stranger, for poetry.

Museum of the Americas Book
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Museum of the Americas

  • Author : J. Michael Martinez
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Date : 2018-10-02
  • Category : Poetry
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN : 9780525505235

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Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry Winner of the National Poetry Series Competition, selected by Cornelius Eady--an exploration in verse of imperial appropriation and Mexican American cultural identity "Marvelous, argumentative, and curiosity-provoking" --The New York Times Book Review The poems in J. Michael Martinez's third collection of poetry circle around how the perceived body comes to be coded with the trans-historical consequences of an imperial narrative. Engaging beautiful and otherworldly Mexican casta paintings, morbid photographic postcards depicting the bodies of dead Mexicans, the strange journey of the wood and cork leg of General Santa Anna, and Martinez's own family lineage, Museum of the Americas gives accounts of migrant bodies caught beneath, and fashioned under, a racializing aesthetic gaze. Martinez questions how "knowledge" of the body is organized through visual perception of that body, hypothesizing the corporeal as a repository of the human situation, a nexus of culture. Museum of the Americas' poetic revives and repurposes the persecuted ethnic body from the appropriations that render it an art object and, therefore, diposable.

Letters to America Book
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Letters to America

  • Author : Jim Ray Daniels
  • Publisher : Wayne State University Press
  • Date : 1995
  • Category : Poetry
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN : 0814325424

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A collection of poems that explore the issues surrounding race relations in American society, told from the experience of Black, Native American, Asian, Arabic, Hispanic, and white cultures.

Songs of Ourselves Book

Songs of Ourselves

  • Author : Joan Shelley Rubin
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Date : 2009-06-30
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 488
  • ISBN : 9780674042964

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In a strikingly original and rich portrait of the uses of verse in America, Rubin shows how the sites and practices of reciting poetry influenced readers' lives and helped them to find meaning in a poet's words. By blurring the boundaries between "high" and "popular" poetry as well as between modern and traditional, it creates a fuller, more democratic way of studying our poetic language and ourselves.

Sing Book


  • Author : Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
  • Publisher : University of Arizona Press
  • Date : 2011
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN : 9780816528912

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A multilingual collection of Indigenous American poetry, joining voices old and new in songs of witness and reclamation. Unprecedented in scope, Sing gathers more than eighty poets from across the Americas, covering territory that stretches from Alaska to Chile, and features familiar names like Sherwin Bitsui, Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, Lee Maracle, and Simon Ortiz alongside international poets--both emerging and acclaimed--from regions underrepresented in anthologies.

101 Great American Poems Book
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101 Great American Poems

  • Author : American Poetry & Literacy Project (Mineola, N.Y.)
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Date : 1998-01-21
  • Category : Poetry
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN : 9780486401584

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Rich treasury of verse from the 19th and 20th centuries, selected for popularity and literary quality, includes Poe's "The Raven," Whitman's "I Hear America Singing," as well as poems by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, and many other notables. Includes 13 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "Casey at the Bat," "Fog," "The New Colossus," "Chicago," "I, Too, Sing America," "O Captain! My Captain!," "Paul Revere's Ride," "The Road Not Taken," "The Raven," "Because I Could Not Stop for Death," "Mending Wall," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and "The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter."

I  Too  Sing America Book
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I Too Sing America

  • Author : Catherine Clinton
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Date : 1998
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN : 0395895995

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A collection of poems by African-American writers, including Lucy Terry, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Alice Walker.

America  a Prophecy Book

America a Prophecy

  • Author : George Quasha
  • Publisher : Vintage Books USA
  • Date : 1974
  • Category : American poetry
  • Pages : 603
  • ISBN : UOM:39015008439039

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The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry Book

The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry

  • Author : Ernesto Livon-Grosman
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Date : 2009
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Pages : 561
  • ISBN : 9780195124545

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The most inclusive single-volume anthology of Latin American poetry intranslation ever produced.

Call Us What We Carry Book
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Call Us What We Carry

  • Author : Amanda Gorman
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Date : 2021-12-07
  • Category : Poetry
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN : 9780593465073

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The instant #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, this beautifully designed volume features poems in many inventive styles and structures and shines a light on a moment of reckoning. Call Us What We Carry reveals that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future.

The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth century American Poetry Book
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The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth century American Poetry

  • Author : Rita Dove
  • Publisher : Penguin Group USA
  • Date : 2011
  • Category : Poetry
  • Pages : 599
  • ISBN : 9780143106432

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This collection of modern American poetry features the most significant and compelling work by the most influential voices of the twentieth century.

A Key Into the Language of America Book
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A Key Into the Language of America

  • Author : Roger Williams
  • Publisher : Applewood Books
  • Date : 1997
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 205
  • ISBN : 9781557094643

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A discourse on the languages of Native Americans encountered by the early settlers. This early linguistic treatise gives rare insight into the early contact between Europeans and Native Americans.

Harlem Shadows Book

Harlem Shadows

  • Author : Claude McKay
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Date : 2021-08-31
  • Category : Poetry
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 9781504067836

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A collection of poetry from the award-winning, Jamaican-American author of Home to Harlem. In Harlem Shadows, poet and writer Claude McKay touches on a variety of themes as he celebrates his Jamaican heritage and sheds light on the Black American experience. While the title poem follows sex workers on the streets of Harlem in New York City, the sight of fruit in a window in “The Tropics of New York” reminds the author of his old life in Jamaica. “If We Must Die” was written in response to the Red Summer of 1919, when Black Americans around the country were attacked by white supremacists. And in “After the Winter,” McKay offers a feeling of hope. Born in Jamaica in 1889, McKay first visited the United States in 1912. He traveled the world and eventually became an American citizen in 1940. His work influenced the likes of James Baldwin and Richard Wright. “One of the great forces in bringing about . . . the Negro literary Renaissance.” —James Weldon Johnson, author of The Autobiography of an Ex–Colored Man “This is [McKay’s] first book of verse to be published in the United States, but it will give him the high place among American poets to which he is rightfully entitled.” —Walter F. White, author of Flight

Asian Diaspora Poetry in North America Book

Asian Diaspora Poetry in North America

  • Author : Benzi Zhang
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Date : 2007-12-12
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN : 9781135908829

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Presenting a new way of reading that helps us discern some previously unnoticed or unnoticeable features of Asian diaspora poetry, this volume highlights how poetry plays a significant role in mediating and defining cross-cultural and transnational positions. Asian diaspora poetry in North America is a rich body of poetic works that not only provide valuable material for us to understand the lives and experiences of Asian diasporas, but also present us with an opportunity to examine some of the most important issues in current literary and cultural studies. As a mode of writing across cultural and national borders, these poetic works challenge us to reconsider the assumptions and meanings of identity, nation, home, and place in a broad cross-cultural context. In recent postcolonial studies, diaspora has been conceived not only as a process of migration in which people crossed and traversed the borders of different countries, but also as a double relationship between different cultural origins. With all its complexity and ambiguity associated with the experience of multi-cultural mediation, diaspora, as both a process and a relationship, suggests an act of constant repositioning in confluent streams that accommodate to multiple cultural traditions. By examining how Asian diaspora poets maintain and represent their cultural differences in North America, Zhang is able to seek new perspectives for understanding and analyzing the intrinsic values of Asian cultures that survive and develop persistently in North American societies.