Derived from the From the Fishouse Web site, a one-of-a-kind on-line archive devoted to the oral and aural aspects of contemporary American poetry, the From the Fishouse print anthology is a jamboree of poetry at its acoustic best. It collects over 175 poems by nearly a hundred poets from the archive, dividing them into ten playful thematic sections. Each poem is a striking example of why poetry is meant not just to be read, but read aloud. To complement the poems, the book includes illuminating excerpts from the Web site's Q&As with the poets, and, in the Fishouse tradition of poetry as an oral/aural form, it comes with a compact disc that features dynamic recitations of 36 of the poems in the book. Indispensible for poetry lovers of any ilk, From the Fishouse is the most exciting, portable way to experience the array of poetry being written and performed in the United States in the first decade of the twenty-first century.
Included are poems from Lindsay Ahl, Dan Albergotti, Kazim Ali, Lucy Anderton, Christian Barter, Curtis Bauer, Sherwin Bitsui, Rebecca Black, Adrian Blevins, Paula Bohince, Roger Bonair-Agard, Shane Book, Geoffrey Brock, Stacey Lynn Brown, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Tina Chang, Suzanne Cleary, Mark Conway, Kyle G. Dargan, Chad Davidson, Oliver de la Paz, Anthony Deaton, Diana Marie Delgado, Matthew Dickman, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Patrick Donnelly, Camille T. Dungy, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Monica Ferrell, Charles Flowers, Sarah Gambito, Ross Gay, Dobby Gibson, Kevin A. González, Rigoberto González, Kevin Goodan, Stuart Greenhouse, Sarah Gridley, Paul Guest, Matthea Harvey, James Hoch, Maria Hummel, Major Jackson, Tyehimba Jess, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Ilya Kaminsky, Gillian Kiley, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Keetje Kuipers, Rodger LeGrand, Dana Levin, Sarah Lindsay, Reb Livingston, Anne Marie Macari, Sarah Manguso, Cate Marvin, Adrian Matejka, Charlotte Matthews, Sebastian Matthews, Leslie McGrath, Michael McGriff, Erika Meitner, Sarah Messer, Thorpe Moeckel, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kate Northrop, Sabrina Orah Mark, April Ossmann, Eugene Ostashevsky, Gregory Pardlo, V. Penelope Pelizzon, Jon Pineda, Hermine Pinson, John Poch, David Roderick, Patrick Rosal, Steve Scafidi, Ravi Shankar, Matthew Shenoda, Evie Shockley, Sean Singer, Tracy K. Smith, Laura-Gray Street, Jeffrey Thomson, Brian Turner, Anthony Walton, Camille-Yvette Welsch, Gabriel Welsch, Eliot Khalil Wilson, Suzanne Wise, and Douglas Woodsum.