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Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  622 ratings  ·  23 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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Richard S
Feb 01, 2022 rated it liked it
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The introduction by Paul Hoover is quite excellent at explaining Postmodern American Poetry and the various different schools, however the book really fails to impress with the quality of the selections. Other than maybe Allen Ginsberg and John Ashbery, there's a lot of bad poetry in this volume that is considered "important" I suppose but failed to stir the least bit of interest in me. As a poet I look for a lot of things and the poetry that I like varies considerably, but pure form without con
Apr 13, 2013 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
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Dec 27, 2021 rated it liked it
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Joseph Dunn
Jul 30, 2011 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
Tentatively, Convenience
Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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 Poetry A
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
Aug 07, 2013 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
Jennifer Nelson
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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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.
Daniel Klawitter
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
This is both an interesting and a frustrating book...a good anthology for giving the average reader a comprehensive understanding of the bewildering proliferation and decay of poetry in its “postmodern” clothing. In many respects, nothing dates itself quicker and becomes more boring than the so-called avant garde in poetry, especially once the novelty wears off…and for me it wears off very quickly. Just a mere handful of poems by the high modernists T.S. Eliot or e.e. cummings are better than ma ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Richard Magahiz
Apr 21, 2013 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
Feb 09, 2008 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. ...more
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Mar 19, 2016 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. ...more
Kate Moore
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that introduced me to Paul Blackburn. Even if Brooklyn Narcissus was the only worthwhile poem in the entire anthology, it would be worth it! Luckily, the rest is pretty golden too.
Peter Crofts
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A couple of decades behind the times, but an essential read if you want to look at post WWII American poetry. The introduction is top shelf as well.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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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! ...more
Aug 10, 2007 marked it as to-read
I bought this recently in an airport bookstore. Can't wait to dig in. ...more
Aug 18, 2007 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.
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