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Poets Respond to Violence in America

Virgil Suarez (editor) Ryan G.Van Cleave (editor)
Ryan G. Van Cleave (Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, USA)
(editor)

ISBN: 9780877457923

Publication Date: Mar 2002

Format: Paperback

This collection features more than 140 poems by 120 of America's best poets that focus on the effects of violence in contemporary America; from Waco to Columbine, from Oklahoma City to New York City, from domestic abuse and drive-by shootings to religious fanaticism and acts of terrorism.
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From Waco to Columbine, from Oklahoma City to New York City, from domestic abuse and drive-by shootings to religious fanaticism and acts of terrorism, the poems in this collection are for those who have perished and those who have survived. More than 140 poems by 120 poets focus, in the editors' words, on "the violence in the news, the violence in our schools, the violence in our homes, as well as the violence in our own minds". The poets gathered here articulate terror and suffering but also present images of hope and redemption; they write of individual menaces and individual victims and the melding of the two that potentially exists in everyone. By transforming horrifying details into larger truths, they create a poetry of witness, of survival, and of remembrance.

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This is a remarkable collection of work - often disturbing, sometimes shocking, always engaging. - Gustavo Perez Firmat, author of Next Vear in Cuba
Illustrations index
Pages 240
Date Published 31 Mar 2002
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Subject/s Violence in society   Poetry anthologies (various poets)  
Virgil Suarez is professor of creative writing at Florida State University and author of, most recently, the poetry collection Banyan, published by Louisiana State University Press. The editor of Contemporary American Poetry: Behind the Scenes, Ryan Van Cleave is assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Together they are the editors of American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement (Iowa, 2001).

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