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Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  474 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Postmodern American Poetry provides a deep and wide selection-411 poems by 103 poets-of the major poets and movements of the late twentieth century. Included are the leading Beat and New York School poets, the Projectivists, and "Deep Image" poets. Included, too, is the rich array of poetry written since 1975-language and performance poetry, the work of African American, H ...more
Paperback, 744 pages
Published May 17th 1994 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published April 17th 1994)
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Feb 24, 2012 Rodney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
We owe a debt to Paul Hoover for whatever punishing politics he went through to get this past Norton, then survive in the Balkans of small press poetry. I remember the jolt I first felt to see poets here that I’d never have imagined Nortonized: Joe Ceravolo, Hannah Weiner, John Godfrey, Barbara Guest, Bernadette Mayer, Ray DiPalma, Kathleen Fraser, Kenward Elmslie, Diane Wakoski, John Weiners, Diane Di Prima, and Amiri Baraka, to name a very few.

With word of a new edition under weigh though, Ho
Apr 28, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won't go so far as to say that I wish Paul Hoover could take back the second edition to his seminal first edition of Postmodern American Poetry, because there are many treasures to be found in this book for those who care to look, but I am glad that the first edition is still in print.

The first thing I did when I picked this book up at my library was to check that some of my favorite poems were still included and I pored over the list of poets to see who had been added.

I am pleased to say that
Jee Koh
I've been ploughing through the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, more out of a sense of obligation than anything. I am surprised, however, by the amount of pleasure I received. Sure, there were many things that I would not care to read again, but the poets that I would sue to know better were not a few.

I still think Charles Olson is over-rated. John Cage I read with anthropological interest rather than aesthetic delight. Robert Duncan's mysticism is too hand-wavy for me; I am more
Mar 07, 2008 Jacob added it
I can't sleep and there is a glass full of chicken bones on my desk. There is a manuscript, a red pencil, an orange peel, and some wire-cutters on my desk. There are some scattered papers on my desk. There is a desk on my desk. There is a place in my desk that can fit a room full of bored poets. I usually like to open this space up and pour a little whiskey in there and see what happens. There is a copy of The Wasp Factory on my desk; if you haven't read that book ... don't bother. Today, I went ...more
Apr 19, 2008 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
How long did it take me to read this?! Uh, let's see, there was that friendly brontosaurus that flipped the pages for me after the T-Rex injured my hand (close call) - it's been awhile. 106 poets w/ a few poems from each, an ending section of "poetics" essays.. & I'm going to try to write a capsule review?! Fool.

I've never read an entire Norton Anthology before (that I recall). I mainly associate them w/ being a type of massive 'definitiveness' that's acceptable to academia. The Norton Poet
Aug 07, 2013 jcg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this volume a great adventure, introducing me to a number of poets I wasn't familiar with. I think the book does a good job of showing what is out there without overemphasizing a particular voice or poetic. Any anthology can be criticized for who is excluded; an anthology is only an introduction, it's an invitation to follow the poets in the book to discover the work of other, equally important, writers who weren't included but who share a similar poetic vision. It's not a closed volume, ...more
Joseph Dunn
Jul 30, 2011 Joseph Dunn rated it it was amazing
The most important collection of poems I own. I bought this just as I was turning on to poetry, and I felt like every poet inspired me in different ways. The editor did an excellent job showcasing the best poems of each poet. And what I appreciated about it most is the detailed history of American poetry after WWII. It gave me the foundation of my knowledge of the influential schools at work---mainly the Beat poets, the New York School poets, and the Black Mountain poets. For me, this anthology ...more
Jul 09, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, first-edition
I found this a little difficult to rate, as I really liked some of the selected works, while absolutely hating others. So went with the 3 stars.
Richard Magahiz
May 28, 2013 Richard Magahiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in experimental poetry
I haven't read an entire Norton Anthology before but I thought I'd do just that. The 'Postmodern' in this anthology's title is still defining itself in reaction to poetry written in the earlier part of the twentieth century and in reaction to the different movements within itself - Black Mountain poetics, conceptualism, language poetry, flarf. Because of this, a reader who isn't an insider must necessarily spend a lot of time in bafflement at exactly what is going on within a poem, sometimes a c ...more
Karlo Mikhail
Mar 10, 2014 Karlo Mikhail rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
To call all of the poetry in this collection postmodern is a big misnomer. But unsurprising given that the term has become a catch-all adjective for almost anything avant-garde. Regardless of this minor quibble, I would say the anthology can serve as a good introduction to contemporary (and particularly difficult) American trends in poetry.
Zachery Brasier
Like any anthology this is going to have some hits and some misses. I would have liked to see a little more Flarf and a little less Language poetry, but that is just my personal tastes. What knocks the fifth star off for me is that I felt like this anthology was weighed down by poets that were TOO conceptual on one hand, and poets that did not seem avante-garde enough on the other hand. But overall I was pleased with the anthology. Paul Hoover deserves a lot of credit for covering the sweep of P ...more
Mar 19, 2016 Madison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, it's a Norton Anthology, but still (for me) an indispensable resource in understanding the recent history and breadth of avant garde poets informing the possible in contemporary American poetry.
May 08, 2008 Emma rated it liked it
Good anthology but it didn't have a lot of what I would call the best poems by included authors. The selection amounts were also a bit too widely varied. Good for readers to new this area of poetry, but if you have specific opinions about authors, the selections might leave you cold.
Aug 18, 2007 Eli rated it it was amazing
Excellent introduction to contemporary poetry. Contains selections from a lot of big names (Ginsburg,Bukowski, Ashberry) as well a lot of less known poets.
Jul 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I've had this book since my senior year of college. I've never stopped reading from it. It's too massive to finish for one!
Aug 10, 2007 Mendi marked it as to-read
I bought this recently in an airport bookstore. Can't wait to dig in.
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Sep 27, 2007 Colin Gabriel is currently reading it
decent quick overview, has some spicer, that's always good.
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