9781557285782

The Made Thing: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern Poetry

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    9781557285782

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    1557285780

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-12-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Arkansas Pr

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Summary

When the first edition of The Made Thing was published in 1987, it was met with wide acclaim. Finally, there was an impressive anthology of contemporary southern poets that included works of established poets as well as newer, uncelebrated names. Over ten years later, almost all of those "lesser-known" poets have developed national reputations, and The Made Thing has become one of the best-selling books published by the University of Arkansas Press.The second edition features twelve new poets as well as new work by Donald Justice, T. R. Hummer, Dave Smith, Pattiann Rogers, Andrew Hudgins, Henry Taylor, Gerald Barrax, Rodney Jones and others. Among the new additions are Mark Jarman, Cathy Smith Bowers, and Charlie Smith.Many teachers realize that the best way to get their students to relate to poetry is to show them poems that contain landscapes and subjects they understand and can identify with. Leon Stokesbury has put together a richly varied collection used in classrooms not only in the South but all over the country as a means of studying the important influence of southern poetry on American literature.With the publication of the second edition of The Made Thing, Stokesbury has marked the end of the twentieth century and the rise to prominence of southern writers. This collection serves as a substantial sampling of poets whose works span more than five decades and who explore the rich personal and cultural history that extends beyond the boundaries of the South.

Table of Contents

Preface xxiii
Ralph Adamo
My Answer
3(2)
By His Appearance in San Diego, Gerald Ford Recalls the Bringing Together of Father and Son
5(1)
Gift of the Guest
5(2)
Us, Here, Ruled
7(1)
Betty Adcock
Roller Rink
8(1)
Walking Out
9(1)
Twentieth Anniversary
10(1)
Southbound
11(2)
Claudia Emerson Andrews
Stable
13(1)
Plagues
14(1)
Cleaning the Graves
15(1)
James Applewhite
My Grandfather's Funeral
16(2)
White Lake
18(1)
Marriage Portrait
18(2)
Barbecue Service
20(1)
Alvin Aubert
Economics
21(1)
How It's Done
22(1)
Silence
22(1)
Gerald Barrax
Gift
23(1)
``I had a terror---since September''
24(1)
Two Figures on Canvas
24(1)
Portraits
25(1)
What More?
25(2)
Body Food
27(1)
John Bensko
The Wild Horses of Assateague Island
28(1)
Watching TV, the Elk Bones Up on Metaphysics
29(1)
The Elk on Mutability
30(1)
The Elk Uncovers the Heavens
31(1)
Wendell Berry
The Peace of Wild Things
32(1)
To Know the Dark
33(1)
The Grandmother
33(1)
Grief
34(1)
David Bottoms
Under the Boathouse
35(1)
The Boy Shepherds' Simile
36(1)
Sign for My Father, Who Stressed the Bunt
37(1)
The Desk
38(2)
Under the Vulture-Tree
40(1)
Allatoona Evening
41(1)
Cathy Smith Bowers
Aphasia
42(2)
Namesake
44(1)
Mother Land
45(1)
Groceries
45(1)
Orchids
46(2)
Learning How to Pray
48(1)
Van K. Brock
Novas
49(2)
Departure
51(1)
Lying on a Bridge
51(1)
The Man in the Rain
52(1)
Jack Butler
Preserves
53(1)
No News at All
54(1)
Subplot
55(1)
A Prayer to Sleep
56(1)
One Reason for Stars
57(1)
Turner Cassity
U-24 Anchors off New Orleans (1938)
58(1)
Professionals
59(1)
Flying Friendly Skies
60(1)
Berlin-to-Bagdad (Constantinople, 1876)
61(1)
Fred Chappell
My Grandmother Washes Her Feet
62(4)
Cleaning the Well
66(3)
My Grandmother Washes Her Vessels
69(2)
Second Wind
71(4)
My Mother Shoots the Breeze
75(2)
My Father Washes His Hands
77(2)
Narcissus and Echo
79(1)
Stephen Corey
Ars Poetica
80(1)
For the Spreading Laurel Tree
81(1)
The Tempest
82(1)
Kate Daniels
Disjunction
83(1)
Farewell to the Maiden
84(1)
James Dickey
The Heaven of Animals
85(2)
The Hospital Window
87(2)
In the Mountain Tent
89(1)
Cherrylog Road
90(3)
The Shark's Parlor
93(2)
The Sheep Child
95(2)
Falling
97(5)
False Youth: Autumn: Clothes of the Age
102(1)
R. H. W. Dillard
The Mullins Farm
103(2)
Meditation for a Pickle Suite
105(1)
Maudelle Driskell
Mr. Turnbill to the Loggerheads
106(2)
Talismans
108(1)
George Garrett
The Magi
109(1)
Revival
110(1)
Bubbles
111(1)
York Harbor Morning
112(1)
Buzzard
113(1)
Margaret Gibson
The Onion
114(1)
Invisible Work
115(1)
Country Woman Elegy
116(1)
R. S. Gwynn
Body Bags
117(2)
Approaching a Significant Birthday, He Peruses The Norton Anthology of Poetry
119(1)
Among Philistines
120(2)
1-800
122(1)
The Denouement
123(1)
Jim Hall
Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too
124(1)
White Trash
125(1)
Preposterous
126(1)
Andrew Hudgins
At the Piano
127(1)
Where the River Jordan Ends
128(1)
The Southern Crescent Was On Time
129(2)
Around the Campfire
131(2)
Burial Detail
133(2)
Heat Lightning in a Time of Drought
135(3)
T. R. Hummer
Inner Ear
138(2)
The Beating
140(1)
What Shines in Winter Burns
141(2)
Where You Go When She Sleeps
143(1)
Zeitgeist Lightning
144(1)
Mechanics
145(2)
Mark Jarman
After Disappointment
147(1)
Unholy Sonnet #2
148(1)
Questions for Ecclesiastes
148(3)
Stars
151(1)
Rodney Jones
Sweep
152(2)
The Mosquito
154(1)
The First Birth
155(1)
A Blasphemy
156(1)
One of the Citizens
157(2)
Donald Justice
Sonnet: The Poet at Seven
159(1)
In Bertram's Garden
160(1)
Heart
160(1)
Men at Forty
161(1)
First Death
162(2)
Tremayne
164(2)
There Is a Gold Light in Certain Old Paintings
166(1)
Thinking About the Past
167(1)
Etheridge Knight
He Sees Through Stone
168(1)
The Warden Said to Me the Other Day
169(1)
As You Leave Me
170(1)
Yusef Komunyakaa
We Never Know
171(1)
Ia Drang Valley
172(1)
Saigon Bar Girls, 1975
173(1)
Facing It
174(1)
Rick Lott
The Apple Pickers' Children
175(2)
Invisible Men
177(1)
Susan Ludvigson
Some Notes on Courage
178(1)
The Widow
179(2)
Man Arrested in Hacking Death Tells Police He Mistook Mother-in-Law for Raccoon
181(1)
The Punishment
182(1)
Jeanne d'Arc
183(1)
After Thirty Octobers
184(1)
Everette Maddox
The Great Man's Death: An Anecdote
185(1)
Breakfast
186(1)
Style
186(1)
The Miracle
187(1)
Disaster Poem
188(1)
1941
189(1)
Cleopatra Mathis
Elegy for the Other
190(6)
Walter Mcdonald
Never in My Life
196(2)
Hauling Over Wolf Creek Pass in Winter
198(1)
Starting a Pasture
199(2)
Crossing the Road
201(1)
Jo Mcdougall
Story
202(1)
How We Live
203(1)
On Catalpa Street
203(1)
Heather Ross Miller
Tap Water
204(1)
Twila Jo and the Wrestler
205(2)
Jim Wayne Miller
Closing the House
207(1)
Hanging Burley
208(1)
Squirrel Stand
208(1)
The Hungry Dead
209(1)
Vassar Miller
Reciprocity
210(1)
Beside a Deathbed
211(1)
Bout with Burning
211(1)
from Love's Bitten Tongue
``Lord, hush this ego as one stops a bell''
212(1)
``Of praying may (in mercy become prayer)''
212(1)
William Mills
Pity
213(1)
Motel
214(1)
Rituals Along the Arkansas
214(2)
The Necessity of Falling
216(1)
Judson Mitcham
Nightride, 1965
217(1)
The Touch
218(1)
In the Kingdom of the Air
219(1)
Last Words
220(1)
Robert Morgan
The Hollow
221(1)
Mountain Bride
222(1)
Death Crown
223(1)
Walnutry
224(1)
Passenger Pigeons
225(1)
The Gift of Tongues
226(1)
Delisa Mulkey
A History of Silk
227(2)
Eulogy for a Snake Handler Killed By a Canebrake
229(3)
Naomi Shihab Nye
New Year
232(1)
Sure
233(2)
The Traveling Onion
235(1)
Hello
235(2)
Going for Peaches, Fredericksburg, Texas
237(2)
Brenda Marie Osbey
The Wastrel-Woman Poem
239(2)
Thelma
241(1)
``In These Houses of Swift Easy Women''
242(1)
Portrait
242(5)
Paula Rankin
Hot Bath in an Old Hotel
247(1)
Middle Age
248(1)
Pattiann Rogers
In Order to Perceive
249(2)
Concepts and Their Bodies (The Boy in the Field Alone)
251(1)
A Giant Has Swallowed the Earth
252(1)
The Possible Salvation of Continuous Motion
253(1)
Achieving Perspective
254(1)
Discovering Your Subject
255(1)
Finding the Tattooed Lady in the Garden
256(1)
Rolling Naked in the Morning Dew
257(2)
Gibbons Ruark
Polio
259(1)
The Visitor
260(1)
Lost Letter to James Wright, With Thanks for a Map of Fano
260(2)
Basil
262(1)
For a Suicide, a Little Early Morning Music
262(2)
Postscript to an Elegy
264(1)
A Vacant Lot
264(2)
Larry Rubin
The Manual
266(1)
The Brother-in-Law
267(1)
Dinner at the Mongoloid's
267(1)
James Seay
It All Comes Together Outside the Restroom in Hogansville
268(1)
When Our Voices Broke Off
269(2)
Clouds over Islands
271(1)
Charlie Smith
Heads of Fire
272(2)
After the Game
274(1)
My Parents' Wedding
275(1)
The Palms
276(1)
Dave Smith
The Roundhouse Voices
277(3)
Sailing the Back River
280(1)
Rain Forest
281(1)
An Antipastoral Memory of One Summer
282(1)
Descending
283(1)
Making a Statement
284(1)
A. E. Stallings
Watching the News After the Tornados
285(1)
A Lament for the Dead Pets of Our Childhood
286(1)
A Postcard from Greece
287(1)
Frank Stanford
Inventory
288(2)
Death and Memory
290(1)
Between Love and Death
291(1)
Island Funeral
292(1)
Allegory of Death and Night
292(1)
The Light the Dead See
293(2)
Leon Stokesbury
Evening's End
295(4)
To Laura Phelan: 1880--1906
299(1)
Day Begins at Governor's Square Mall
300(2)
Senor Wences and the Man in the Box
302(2)
John Stone
The Girl in the Hall
304(1)
Death
305(1)
After Love
306(1)
Early Sunday Morning
306(2)
Henry Taylor
Taking to the Woods
308(3)
The Way It Sometimes Is
311(1)
At the Grave of E. A. Robinson
312(1)
As on a Darkling Plain
312(1)
At the Swings
313(2)
In Memory of Brother Dave Gardner
315(1)
Richard Tillinghast
Rain
316(1)
We Kept Missing Each Other
317(2)
Convergence
319(1)
Envoi
320(1)
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Farm Wife
321(1)
Jug Brook
322(1)
Daughter
323(1)
Sweet Everlasting
323(1)
Landscape, Dense with Trees
324(1)
The Lotus Flowers
325(2)
The Farmer
327(1)
The Last Class
328(2)
Alice Walker
My Husband Says
330(1)
Your Soul Shines
331(1)
Even As I Hold You
332(1)
Robert Penn Warren
Tell Me a Story
333(1)
The Spider
334(1)
Sister Water
335(1)
Last Laugh
336(1)
Evening Hour
337(1)
Heat Lightning
338(2)
What Voice at Moth-Hour
340(1)
Heart of Autumn
341(1)
John Warwick
The Clay Easters
342(1)
Dr. Ezekiel MacAllister, Missionary to the Heathen, Delivers A Film Lecture at the Sunday Night Service of the First Methodist Church, Selma, Alabama
343(2)
James Whitehead
A Local Man Goes to the Killing Ground
345(1)
A Local Man Remembers Betty Fuller
346(1)
A Local Contractor Flees His Winter Trouble and Saves Some Lives in a Knoxville Motel Room
346(1)
Long Tour: the Country Music Star Explains Why He Put off the Bus and Fired a Good Lead Guitar in West Texas
347(1)
A Natural Theology
348(1)
A Poem for My Humerus
348(2)
For My Father at Eighty
350(1)
Miller Williams
The Caterpillar
351(2)
Why God Permits Evil: For Answers to This Question of Interest to Many Write Bible Answers Dept. E--7
353(2)
Ruby Tells All
355(1)
On a Photograph of My Mother at Seventeen
356(1)
A Poem for Emily
357(1)
The Aging Actress Sees Herself a Starlet on the Late Show
358(1)
The Curator
359(2)
Jonathan Confronts the Question
361(1)
C. D. Wright
Obedience of the Corpse
362(1)
Tours
363(1)
Birth of the Cool
363(1)
Slag
364(1)
More Blues and the Abstract Truth
364(2)
Charles Wright
April
366(1)
Cloud River
367(1)
Clear Night
367(1)
October
368(1)
Arkansas Traveller
368(3)
The Other Side of the River
371(3)
Umbrian Dreams
374(1)
Index of Titles 375

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