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Real Things : An Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry,9780253212290

Real Things : An Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry

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9780253212290

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0253212294
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Pub. Date:
3/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Indiana Univ Pr
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Summary

"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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction xv
Hygiene
1(2)
Reginald Shepherd
Mid-Year Report: For Haruko
3(4)
June Jordan
Pay Up or Else
7(1)
Luci Tapahonso
Why We Bombed Haiphong
8(1)
Jonathan Holden
The Shower Scene in Psycho
9(9)
David Trinidad
No, Superman Was Not the Only One
18(1)
Katharyn Howd Machan
note, passed to superman
19(1)
Lucille Clifton
Superman Is Dead
20(1)
Rafael Campo
If I Were Rita Hayworth
21(1)
Patricia Spears Jones
Famous Women---Claudette Colbert
22(2)
Kathleen de Azevedo
Up
24(1)
Bill Kushner
The Gypsy Teaches Her Grandchild Wolfen Ways
25(2)
Susan Swartwout
Frankenstein
27(1)
Connie Deanovich
The Bride of Frankenstein
28(3)
Edward Field
St. Clare's Underwear
31(3)
Barbara Hamby
Kong Breaks a Leg at the William Morris Agency
34(1)
William Trowbridge
Francis Ford Coppola and Anthropologist Interpreter Teaching Gartewienna Tribesmen to Sing ``Light My Fire,'' Philippine Jungle, 1978
35(1)
David Wojahn
Suzie Wong Doesn't Live Here
36(2)
Diane Mei Lin Mark
Suzy Wong's Been Dead a Long Time
38(2)
Kitty Tsui
Soap Bubbles
40(2)
Chrystos
Scene from the Movie Giant
42(2)
Tino Villanueva
James Dean & the Pig
44(3)
Joseph Like
Mom Did Marilyn, Dad Did Fred
47(1)
Jack Myers
The Death of Marilyn Monroe
48(1)
Sharon Olds
[I have come to claim/Marilyn Monroe's body]
49(2)
Judy Grahn
Marilyn Monroe Indian
51(2)
Leo Romero
November 22, 1983
53(1)
Sherman Alexie
Jackie in Cambodia
54(1)
Catherine Bowman
from ``Some Adventures of John Kennedy, Jr.''
55(2)
Dennis Cooper
The Man I Love and I Have a Typical Evening the Night Richard M. Nixon Dies
57(2)
Jim Elledge
The End of the Reagan Era
59(1)
Peter Balakian
Viet Kong
60(1)
William Trowbridge
Blue Suede Shoes
61(6)
Ai
A Story of Stonewall
67(1)
Maureen Seaton
Lonely Tylenol
68(1)
Peter Gizzi
An Anointing
69(2)
Thylias Moss
The Difference Between Pepsi and Coke
71(1)
David Lehman
Coca-Cola and Coco Frio
72(2)
Martin Espada
No Deposit No Returns
74(2)
Carlos Cumpian
Why Don't I?
76(2)
O. F. Diaz-Duque
Corpse and Mirror (III)
78(2)
John Yau
Barbie Says Math Is Hard
80(2)
Kyoko Mori
Barbie's Molester
82(1)
Denise Duhamel
Mannequins
83(2)
Daniel Mark Epstein
Toys
85(2)
Carl Phillips
My Father's Pornography
87(2)
David Wojahn
After Reading Mickey in the Night Kitchen for the Third Time Before Bed
89(2)
Rita Dove
Breasts
91(2)
Maxine Chernoff
A Personal History of Hands
93(2)
Lori Jakiela
The True Story of Snow White
95(1)
Bruce Bennett
Rapunzel
96(2)
Olga Broumas
Hazel Tells LaVerne
98(1)
Katharyn Howd Machan
Jack, Afterwards
99(2)
Philip Dacey
Peter Pan in North America
101(2)
Robin Becker
Self Portrait as Nancy Drew, Girl Sleuth
103(1)
Kristy Nielsen
Rumpelstiltskin Convention
104(2)
Charles H. Webb
Sonny's Purple Heart
106(3)
Adrian C. Louis
One Meat Ball
109(2)
Thomas Lux
The Day They Eulogized Mahalia
111(2)
Audre Lorde
Iowa Blues Bar Spiritual
113(3)
Juan Felipe Herrera
Echoes
116(3)
Timothy Liu
Liberace
119(1)
Jonathan Holden
We Encounter Nat King Cole as We Invent the Future
120(2)
Joy Harjo
Mythology
122(1)
Marilyn Hacker
The Black Back-Ups
123(4)
Kate Rushin
Motown/Smokey Robinson
127(2)
Jessica Hagedorn
Dizzy Girls in the Sixties
129(2)
Gary Soto
Woodstock
131(2)
Jan-Mitchell Sherrill
The First Rock and Roll Song of 1970
133(2)
Pedro Pietri
``It's Only Rock and Roll but I Like It'': The Fall of Saigon, 1975
135(1)
David Wojahn
Blonde Ambition
136(2)
Maureen Seaton
Punk Pantoum
138(2)
Pamela Stewart
Teaching Poetry at Votech High, Santa Fe, the Week John Lennon Was Shot
140(10)
Paula Gunn Allen
Never Land
150(2)
Yusef Komunyakaa
The Birth of Rhythm and Blues
152(4)
Patricia Spears Jones
Billie in Silk
156(2)
Angela Jackson
Oshi
158(2)
James L. White
Homage to Elvis, Homage to the Fathers
160(2)
Bruce Weigl
El Elvis
162(2)
Wasabi Kanastoga
Come Back, Elvis, Come Back to Holyoke
164(1)
Mary A. Koncel
Soap
165(1)
Jane Candia Coleman
from Ephemera Today on ``All My Children''
166(6)
Connie Deanovich
In the Days of Rin-Tin-Tin
172(1)
Daniel Hoffman
Funicello at 50
173(2)
klipschutz
When I Think About America Sometimes (I Think of Ralph Kramden)
175(6)
Dorothy Barresi
David Cassidy Then
181(2)
Dennis Cooper
Gilligan's Island
183(2)
Tim Dlugos
Postmodern: A Definition
185(2)
Joseph Like
TV in Black and White
187(2)
Gary Soto
TV
189(2)
Rodney Jones
The Talk Show
191(2)
Albert Goldbarth
Misguided Angels
193(4)
Gale Renee Walden
Ghosts
197(2)
William Carpenter
The Apparition
199(2)
Carol J. Pierman
Jeane Dixon's America
201(2)
Gerald Costanzo
Tabloid News
203(3)
Blythe Nobleman
A Supermarket in California
206(2)
Allen Ginsberg
Shopping for Midnight
208(2)
G. E. Murray
The Man I Love and I Shop at Jewel
210(2)
Jim Elledge
Mail Order Catalogs
212(1)
William Matthews
Catalogue Army
213(2)
Naomi Shihab Nye
Tradition and Change
215(2)
Nora Naranjo-Morse
For Emily (Dickinson)
217(2)
Maureen Owen
Thrift Shop Ladies
219(2)
Jennifer M. Pierson
The Novelty Shop
221(1)
Duane Niatum
Shoplifting
222(1)
Baron Wormser
Shoplifters
223(2)
Maura Stanton
Whitman
225(2)
Larry Levis
The Decisions
227(1)
Rick Bursky
Siamese Twins in Love
228(2)
Susan Swartwout
My Son Shows Me a Photograph of Michael Jordan Performing a Slam Dunk
230(2)
Louis Phillips
Mantle
232(1)
William Heyen
The Incognito Lounge
233(5)
Denis Johnson
Romance
238(1)
Paul Zimmer
Days of 1981
239(3)
Mark Doty
8-Ball at the Twilite
242(1)
David Baker
Ted's Bar and Grill
243(3)
Jim Daniels
A Story Often Told in Bars: The Reader's Digest Version
246(1)
William Matthews
The Stripper
247(2)
Anita Endrezze Probst
The Dancing Sunshine Lounge
249(1)
Thomas Rabbitt
Dreaming at the Rexall Drug
250(2)
Robin Becker
Waitress
252(1)
Jason Shinder
On the Bearing of Waitresses
253(2)
Rodney Jones
The All-Night Diner
255(2)
Markham Johnson
Lunch with Girl Scouts
257(2)
Sharon Bryan
Vanna White's Bread Pudding
259(2)
Michael Pettit
'mericn fst fd
261(1)
Thom Tammaro
Short-Order Cook
262(2)
Jim Daniels
Arrowhead Christian Center and No-Smoking Luncheonette
264(2)
Janet Sylvester
By-Products
266(2)
Baron Wormser
Why That's Bob Hope
268(1)
William Hathaway
Of Time and the Line
269(2)
Charles Bernstein
The Counterfeit Earth!
271(4)
Albert Goldbarth
Harold and Imogene
275(2)
Paul Violi
The Motorcyclists
277(2)
James Tate
Indian Car
279(3)
Catron Grieves
In the Black Camaro
282(2)
David Bottoms
The Lady in the Pink Mustang
284(2)
Louise Erdrich
Because You're American
286(2)
Kevin Stein
Take Good Care of Yourself
288(2)
Mark Wunderlich
Lost Parents
290(2)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Scrabble
292(1)
David Starkey
Off from Swing Shift
293(2)
Garrett Hongo
Moon Winx Motel
295(2)
Emily Hiestand
Outside Room Six
297(1)
Lynn Emanuel
In the Bluemist Hotel
298(2)
Greg Pape
Transient Hotel Sky at the Hour of Sleep
300(3)
Martin Espada
Tattoo #47, ``Happy Dragon''
303(2)
Paul Allen
Pornography, Nebraska
305(2)
Sandra McPherson
In a U-Haul North of Damascus
307(3)
David Bottoms
The Man She Called Honey, and Married
310(2)
Alberto Rios
After the Wedding Party
312(1)
Matthew Rohrer
Ikon
313(1)
Timothy Liu
Pickup
314(3)
Paul Allen
Author Index 317(2)
Title Index 319(3)
First Line Index 322(4)
Acknowledgments 326


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