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Real Things : An Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry

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What a great premise for an anthology! And it succeeds, both in its celebration of our crazy culture and its fascinating analysis, through the poems, of popular myths that have stood the test of time." -KliattIn the past few decades, poetry about and around popular culture has become a very hip contemporary art form. Real Things is a collection of over 150 poems by more than 130 poets who themselves represent the cultural diversity of the United States. With subjects ranging from the influence of Mickey Mouse on child-raising to the relationship of Barbie to sex in America, from the societal effects of the movie Psycho to our fascination with dirty politics and Ralph Kramden, the poems in this anthology question and celebrate the attitudes that our society shares.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 3 index
  • 0253212294
  • 9780253212290
  • 1,667,235

About Edited by Jim Elledge and Susan Swartwout

Among JIM ELLEDGE's ten books are four collections of his poetry, most recently Into the Arms of the Universe which won the 1995 Stonewall competition for gay and lesbian poets; four volumes of literary criticism; and Sweet Nothings: An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry, also published by Indiana University Press. Professor of English at Illinois State University, he teaches in that department's creative writing program and is director/editor of Thorngate Road, a press.Susan Swartwout is Assistant Professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University where she teaches creative writing and literature. She also serves on the editorial staff of The Cape Rock and advises the student literary magazine, Journey. Her two collections of poetry are entitled Freaks and Uncommon Ground, and she has poems published in literary journals such as Nebraska Review, The Cape Rock, Mississippi Review, Negative Capability, and Spoon River Poetry Review.show more

Table of contents

A Sampling of the ContentsJune Jordan, Mid-Year Report: For HarukoJonathan Holden, Why We Bombed HaiphongKatharyn Howd Machan, No, Superman Was Not the Only OneRafael Campo, Superman Is DeadKathleen de Azevedo, Famous Women-Claudette ColbertSusan Swartwout, The Gypsy Teaches Her Grandchild Wolfen WaysEdward Field, The Bride of FrankensteinWilliam Trowbridge, Kong Breaks a Leg at the William Morris AgencyDavid Wojahn, Francis Ford Coppola and Anthropologist Interpreter Teaching Gartewienna Tribesmen to Sing "Light My Fire," Philippine Jungle, 1978Chrystos, Soap BubblesJoseph Like, James Dean & the PigFrank O'Hara, Four Little ElegiesSharon Olds, The Death of Marilyn MonroeJudy Grahn, [I have come to claim / Marilyn Monroe's body]Dennis Cooper, From "Some Adventures of John Kennedy, Jr."Jim Elledge, The Man I Love and I Have a Typical Evening the Night Richard M. Nixon DiesWilliam Trowbridge, Viet KongAi, Blue Suede ShoesMaureen Seaton, A Story of StonewallDavid Lehman, The Difference Between Pepsi and CokeMartin Espada, Coca-Cola and Coco FrioMarge Piercy, Barbie DollDaniel Mark Epstein, MannequinsRita Dove, After Reading Mickey in the Night Kitchen for the Third Time Before BedMaxine Chernoff, BreastsJulia Alvarez, Against CinderellaOlga Broumas, RapunzelKatharyn Howd Machan, Hazel Tells LaVerneRobin Becker, Peter Pan in North AmericaAudre Lorde, The Day They Eulogized MahaliaJuan Felipe Herrera, Iowa Blues Bar SpiritualTimothy Liu, EchoesJonathan Holden, LiberaceJoy Harjo, We Encounter Nat King Cole as We Invent the FutureMarilyn Hacker, MythologyGary Soto, Dizzy Girls in the SixtiesJan-Mitchell Sherrill, WoodstockPedro Pietri, The First Rock and Roll Song of 1970Maureen Seaton, Blonde AmbitionPamela Stewart, Punk PantoumPaula Gunn Allen, Teaching Poetry at Votech High, Santa Fe, the Week John Lennshow more

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