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American Society: What Poets See

4.73 of 5 stars 4.73  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A selection of poems from authors nationwide describing American society from a personal point of view. Collectively, the book adds up to a critical look at the way things are, expressed in poems whose fine quality makes them deserving of attention.
Paperback, 210 pages
Published August 30th 2012 by FutureCycle Press (first published 2012)
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Tina Schumann
Chock full of good poems including two by yours truly.
This is a remarkable collection of poetry of witness. Honest witness to what these poets see as American society, past and present. The co-editors acknowledge “thematic gaps” in the collection. No themed anthology could possibly contain every aspect of the theme, especially one dealing with social and political aspects of society. The book is arranged in alphabetical order, although there is an index grouping the poems into broad themes such as economy and work, environment, inequality and justi ...more
This book is full of great poems with different views of American society.

I also particularly liked the poem Cheap Mangos, it really stuck in my head.
I've only given the poems a quick reading at this point but am still going through and spending more time with many of the poems.

I'm excited to find so many great poems with unique viewpoints. I look forward to looking for more work by many of the poets included in this collection.

I was lucky to receive this book as a firstreads winner.

Diane Kistner
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David Chorlton

There’s an easy flow of music through
the speakers at the supermercado
where papayas ripen while you watch
their skins disintegrate
the way a man’s skin does
when he’s found on his back in the desert
facing the sun with his mouth locked
between a scream and a prayer. His trouser leg
is torn where a coyote
came to gnaw at his thigh
and of his right forearm only
the bones remain, while on his left wrist
a watch still measures time.
The music has a teardrop in its bea
Candice Messina
I got this book from the giveaway.
I just finished reading this book and it was great.
I loved the one about Customer Service and Don't Touch My Stuff. My sister even wants to read the book now. :)
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