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Poems for the Millennium, Vol. 2: Modern and Postmodern Poetry from Postwar to Millennium (Poems for the Millennium #2)

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As we come to the beginning of a new century, we find that the entire vista of modern poetry has dramatically changed. Poems for the Millennium captures the essence of that change, and unlike any anthology available today it reveals the revolutionary concepts at the very heart of contemporary poetry. International in its coverage, these volumes bring together the poets and ...more
Paperback, 912 pages
Published April 21st 1998 by University of California Press
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Adrian Astur Alvarez
Reading this volume of Joris/Rothenberg's excellent anthology of experimental poetic movements was a much different experience from reading the first volume, which covered the first half of the century. With the first volume I was thrilled to read so many influential poets and very conscious of how many of them affected the poets who came immediately after. With this volume, I wasn't as taken with as many poets and I found myself at a loss to interpret/feel/make significant-meaning-of many of th ...more
As I've been chunking away at this 900 page anthology since I got it sometime several years ago, its completion leads to a weird sort of finitude--I still need to go back and re-read all of the poets I have dog-earred, dog-earred to mark a certain pleasure, inspiration, poetic push, whatever, to my own taste. As I find myself reading more and more poetry I feel like this anthology is, certainly, important, both in its breadth and its inclusiveness. A tome that brings to light poets whose work ha ...more
I spent four or five hours with this tomb. Honestly I didn't find much to go crazy over. But I like the idea of this book very much and it includes many poets unfamiliar to me, which is nice since about all I know are the "Norton Canonized" and a handful of other high profiles.

While on the subject, it is often more enjoyable/better to read collections of poems. Many just don't stand alone well.

I'll most likely be revisiting this book as a resource to finding complete books by contemporary author
Still fantastic, though not as good as volume 1. I think Rothenberg and Joris could have left the U.S. out of this volume entirely, as there are much better anthologies of its avant-gardes (Douglas Messerli's From the Other Side of the Century is my pick... and maybe there are too many notes. But it's still a near-top-notch curatorial job.
Philip Jenks
when I don't know what to do, lost, when I do know what to do, no matter what...always, always Poems for the Millennium blows my mind. There will be quibbles about who should and should not be included. I could join in, sure. As Foucault said, "criticism that hands down sentences sends me to sleep."

Perhaps this is why I'm awake.
Like Vol. 1, this is a must in your collection. I am very much in awe with Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris' editing on both volumes. A good book to have on your work desk on a regular basis.
Trevor Joyce
Best anthology of poetry from the last 500 years that I know.
hard to put down
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Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally known American poet, translator and anthologist who is noted for his work in ethnopoetics and poetry performance.
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