From the Fishhouse: An Anthology Of Poems That Sing Rhyme Resound Syncopate Paperback – Apr 14 2009
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About the Author
Gerald Stern is the author of the National Book Award-winning This Time, the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize-winning Early Selected Poems, and other books. He has also been awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Wallace Stevens Award, among many other honors. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.
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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).
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