15 November 2006

Anthology S.O.S.

From under my massive pile of work and meetings I implore you: please tell me about your favorite contemporary poetry anthology! I just found out that I'm teaching an upper level undergrad + grad "New Poetry" class in Fall 07, and I need input. I wish I were cool enough to figure out how to teach a survey with single books only, but alas, the pacing evades me.

Many thanks,

Your absentee blogeur friend


Woody said...

I am pretty boring, but I really like

Contemporary American Poetry

edited by Poulin and Waters.

Unfortunately that really isn't that 'new' per se.

As a creative approach, you may require each of your students to

1) Choose from a list of available journals in book stores and purchase a copy of the most recent issue.

2) They bring it to you the second day of class, while you are still introducing the overall class structure.

3) You make your selections accordingly---3-4 poems each class period (cutting and copying them for everyone in class.

4) Match your selections of 'new' poems with those from the canon of known contemporary literature for comparison and discussion.

5) Repeating as needed.

That way, you are teaching 'new' poetry---and you are able to approach each new poem along with your students and maybe show a direction 'new' poetry is going.

John S. Owen said...

Legitimate Danger Ed. Cate Marvin and Michael Dumanis.

I love it.

cornshake said...

hi mary--good to see you at WW! i am a little old school and like the poulin one too...but i've had great success with the newest one from RS gwynn-plus it's cheap for students too!

Penultimatina said...

Thanks folks! Keep 'em coming.

Woody, I feel awful for shortchanging the squirrels I see every day, since apparently they can be very insightful. I will try to bring a few squirrels to class in my bag today, and see if they will do a guest lecture.

Penultimatina said...

PS--Thanks for the curricular tips! That's an awesome strategy.

Charles said...

I like Introspections: American Poets on One of Their Poems, which features essays by poets discussing some aspect of a poem they wrote, alongside the poem.

Also, I *heart* Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms, which approaches form in poetry from a non-formalist perspective.

Anonymous said...

I like R.S. Gwynn and April Lindner's anthology,
"http://www.amazon.com/Contemporary-American-Poetry-Penguin-Academics/dp/0321182820/sr=1-2/qid=1163714678/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/102-0147852-0512904?ie=UTF8&s=books">Contemporary American Poetry

I don't know about Legitimate Dangers, but a friend of mine, Sabrina Orah Mark, is in it.

I'll probably be labeled an idiot by some of your readers, Mary, but I also like Cary Nelson's book. But, that book is "Modern poetry," not contemporary poetry.

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John Gallaher said...

I like Kevin Prufer's, The New Young American Poets, for a college class.

The Paul Hoover Postmodern American Poetry, though it's getting a little old now, is still a great read.

Legit. Dangers is a fine anthology, as well, but it's ultra contemporary. In college classes, I've found if students don't know how poetry got from 1955 to 2005, 2005 is going to hit them a bit off. It really depends on where the students are coming from.

I think.

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