Poems of the American West

ISBN-10: 0375414592

ISBN-13: 9780375414596

Edition: N/A

Authors: Robert Mezey

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In this provocative and insightful anthology, many voices join in celebrating the remarkably vast and varied American West. The verse collected here ranges from Indian tribal lyrics to nineteenth-century folksongs like "The Streets of Laredo," from country-western lyrics to the poems of such non-American observers as Apollinaire and Borges. Here is the rich diversity of the West--the harsh life of farms and ranches; man's destructive invasion into forest and desert solitudes; the bookstores, bars, and bistros of San Francisco and Hollywood; the Pacific coastline, the endless highways, the ghost towns, the poverty, and the now legendary world of cowpunchers and gunslingers. From Robert Frost's "Once By the Pacific" to Charles Bukowski's "Vegas," from Nanci Griffith's "Lone Star State of Mind" to Thom Gunn's "San Francisco Streets"—the West is evoked in all its incarnations, both real and mythic.
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List price: $12.50
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/10/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Robert Mezey has been a poet-in-residence at Pomona College since 1976.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Once by the Pacific Auspex
The Gift Outright
Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)
Witter Bynner (1881-1968)
Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)
Compensation The Eye
Folksongs Me and My Uncle Jesse James
The Streets of Laredo
The Buffalo Skinners
Thomas Hornsby Ferril (1896-1988)
Bookmarks Science Came West
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
Hollywood Landscape of Exile
Janet Lewis (1899-1998)
Tribal Poems Chippewa
"Sometimes I go about"
Song of the Eclipse Makah
Song Hidatsa
We Made a Fire Papago
Song of the Brown Buzzard Dakota
Song of Reproach Chippewa
Where the Fight Was Pawnee
Better to Die Young Crow
Prayer Offering Malecite
Tale Pawnee
Buffalo Dance Song Chemehuevi
Love Song Sanpoil
After Hunting Yuma
Death Song Sioux
"The earth is all that lives"
Yvor Winters (1900-1968)
The Journey On Rereading a Passage from John Muir John Sutter To the Holy Spirit
Brewster Ghiselin (1903-1996)
Rattlesnake Headland
Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982)
From Andree Rexroth -Kings River Canyon
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)
The Rose
Josephine Miles (1911-1985)
West from Ithaca
J. V. Cunningham (1911-1985)
Montana Pastoral From To What Strangers, What Welcome Montana Fifty Years Ago
Karl Shapiro (1913-2000)
California Winter Western Town California Petrarchan
Virginia Hamilton Adair (b. 1913)
Mojave Evening Second Coming
Weldon Kees (1914-1955)
Two Cities
William Stafford (1914-1998)
At the Bomb Testing Site
The Tillamook Burn In the Oregon Country
What Ever Happened to the Beats?
Traveling Through the Dark
Ann Stanford (1916-1987)
The Four Horsemen
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)
Lee Gerlac (b. 1920)
Charles Goster (1922-1967)
How Everything Was in the End Resolved in California
Louis Simpson (b. 1923)
West The Redwoods
Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998)
John Haines (b. 1924)
Pawnee Dust Ghost Town Alive in the World Men Against the Sky
Edgar Bowers (1925-2000)
Someone in San Francisco Breakages
Donald Justice (b. 1925)
Alan Stephens (b. 1925)
The End of Something -XVII Yucca Whipplei
David Wagoner (b. 1926)
Tumbleweed Fire by the River
Henri Coulette (1928-1989)
The Extras From
The Hermit -Elsewhere Quake
The Garden
James Wright (1928-1980)
The Frontier Outside Fargo, North Dakota
William Dickey (1928-1994)
On His Way to Wyoming Coyote's Song
Charles gullan (1929-1993)
Los Angeles Place Names From
Many Houses, Part 1
Thom Gunn (1929-2004)
Hitching into Frisco San Francisco Streets
Bert Meyers (1929-1979)
From Landscapes -The City The Drive
Miller Williams (b. 1930)
Peter Everwine (b. 1930)
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