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From the Fishhouse: An Anthology Of Poems That Sing Rhyme Resound Syncopate Paperback – Apr 14 2009

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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: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
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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, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Robert Frost Medal, among many other honors. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.

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HASH(0xa707aa44) out of 5 stars Sounds rule Feb. 28 2011
By N. Wong - Published on
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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).
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HASH(0xa707a9c0) out of 5 stars A top pick for fans of poetry anthologies July 11 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
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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?
HASH(0xa707bb34) out of 5 stars Dropping in a few lines... Sept. 19 2014
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This is a very good anthology...I'd actually give it 4 and 1/2 stars if I had that option available. The emphasis is on the sound of poems. It is a contemporary collection and it is firmly planted in the 21st century. If you are looking for 19th and 20th century classics, this is not for you. I very much liked the addition of two indexes, one dealing with poetic techniques listing the poems that employed them and the other listing the poems with all of the poetic techniques employed in each poem. The poems are consistently good, some better than others (as always this is my opinion). I applaud the fact that a CD that includes selected poets reading their poems is included with the book. For me, hearing a poet read their own work deepens the experience of most any poem.
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HASH(0xa707bc00) out of 5 stars Smith Blue May 19 2013
By Louis J. Profeta - Published on
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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.