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2010 Poetry Posters

Knocked Poster

Knocked
By Joseph Bathanti

“Joseph Bathanti's “Knocked” is a poem about liminal spaces-- the fragile window between childhood and adulthood, the last decades of steel in Pittsburgh, the way family and home--no matter how beloved--fade into memory. ”

“The poem quietly becomes a poem of praise for a father's stoicism and love.”


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Urban Renewal XVIII

Urban Renewal XVIII
By Major Jackson

“ ‘Urban Renewal’ is a wonderfully comical poem, bristling
with energy.  The poem reminds us of what it's like to be snubbed and to
compensate for being snubbed--and to win the day
after all.”

 

 


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Anthracite Country

Anthracite Country
By Jay Parini

“ Jay Parini's 'Anthracite Country' draws our
attention to a landscape of burning coal dust and to what is unhealed in
that devastated and yet eerily beautiful landscape--and to what is unhealed in memory.”

 

 


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Knowing the Enemy

Knowing the Enemy
By Eleanor Wilner

“ ‘Knowing the Enemy’ is a luminous poem in which
Wilner contemplates--unforgettably--the aftermath of release for the whale
after Jonah has escaped.  This is a wonderfully visceral, wise poem.”

 

 

 

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2010 Poetry Advisory Committee: William Brockman, Steven Herb, Julia Kasdorf, Mairead Martin, Christopher Walker
2010 Poetry Selection Committee: Erinn Batykefer, Emily Grosholtz, Lee Upton



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