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From The Fishhouse [Paperback]

Camille T Dungy , Matt O'donnell , Jeffrey Thomson , Gerald Stern

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Book Description

April 14 2009

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Persea Books; 1 Pap/Com edition (April 14 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892553480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892553488
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,138,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds rule Feb. 28 2011
By N. Wong - Published on Amazon.com
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It is impossible to like every poem included in an anthology. Having said this, what an anthology does is to include a rich variety of works that allows readers to judge on their own. From the Fishouse has exactly served this purpose by including a wide range of poems that appeal to us through the sounds, diction, forms and craft. Some of the poems in the book are followed with the poets' opinions on the piece, canon and craftsmanship. Some of which are eye-opening, humorous and resonant to writers who feel they have read enough. And of course, the book comes with a CD that contains tracks of poets' reading of their own works, which could allow readers to feel and appreciate the musicality embedded between the lines.

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).
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick for fans of poetry anthologies July 11 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Tomorrow's poets create classics today with the group anthology "From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems That Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great". Nearly two hundred poems by one hundred poets, it's a fine catalogue of what the world of poetry can expect in the future from this excellent, aspiring stars. The poems are set in Pittson, Maine, but they ring out well through the shared story. "From the Fishouse" is a top pick for fans of poetry anthologies. "Correspondence" by Diana Marie Delgado: Brother, deep in the moth hour and still no altar to speak of./Everyone's got a life they cannot stop. Time passes, nothing survives.//The real me slipped out like a hiccup and Z marooned/himself in the arms of another girl's couch. I have a book for you.//It's about life and a real time G doing it. Mom's fine, breaking/crooked as an eggshell. Dad the same teething crocodile.//I've never seen so much sad architecture. Remember when the field/froze white and Mom tied plastic over our shoes?//This the only place that's ever felt like home. I hope you get this/ letter before lockdown. Or have you learned how to read in the dark?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smith Blue May 19 2013
By Louis J. Profeta - Published on Amazon.com
Camille Dungy and I met about a year ago and what she does is give the nature of life as it is at the exact time your reading the man and women status of the day, physical and mental, not easy so she makes it so by shock therapy. To wake up your senses feels good after all poetry always has a personal flavor at best. Camille is special territory working to make it common ground because most things are common emotion to be shared to solve problems in a united way.

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