Anthology

ANTHOLOGY

 
 

INTRODUCTION

Elizabeth Bishop, “The Moose

 

“PRAISE THE MUTILATED WORLD”: ON JOY

Adam Zagajewski, “Try to Praise the Mutilated World” (trans. Clare Cavanagh)

Ross Gay, “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

W.S. Merwin, “Thanks

Gabrielle Calvocoressi, “Praise House: The New Economy

Paisley Rekdal, “Happiness

Alan Shapiro, “Thanks for Nothing” (originally published as “Gratitude for Nothing”)

Alan Shapiro, “Joy

W.H. Auden, “In Memory of W.B. Yeats

  

“WHO KNOW IN SINGING NOT TO SING”: ON DECORUM

Patricia Lockwood, “Rape Joke

Mary Szybist, “The Troubadours Etc.

Mary Szybist, “Updates on Mary

Claudia Rankine, “Citizen” (link to purchase book; most of the passages are not available online)

  

“IMPERSONATIONS OF ORDINARY”: ON HUMILITY

1. Elizabeth Bishop

The Fish

At the Fishhouses

The Moose

 “The Sandpiper

Manuelzinho

The Map” (“…as when emotion too far exceeds its cause”)

Crusoe in England

Poem

over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance

 

2. Philip Larkin

Home is So Sad

Church Going

High Windows

Mr. Bleaney

The Old Fools

Aubade

Going, Going

Show Saturday

  

“WHERE THERE IS ESTRANGEMENT THERE IS LITTLE PEACE”: ON KINDNESS

Spencer Reece, “The Road to Emmaus

Gwendolyn Brooks, “The Sundays of Satin Legs Smith

 

“ALL WE CAN SAY”: ON POLITICS

Tony Hoagland, “The Change

Claudia Rankine, “Open Letter: a dialogue on race and poetry

Jericho Brown, “Bullet Points

Matthew Olzmann, “Letter Beginning with Two Lines by Czeslaw Milosz

Sterling Brown, “Southern Cop

Lucille Clifton, “if i stand in my window

Lucille Clifton, “won’t you celebrate with me

  

“THE GOAL OF JOKES”: ON HUMOR

Amiri Baraka, “Low Coup” poems

Allen Ginsberg, “America

Lucille Clifton, “wishes for sons

Jill McDonough, “Breasts Like Martinis

Terrance Hayes, “Woofer (When I Consider the African American)

Phillip Sydney, Astrophil and Stella 1

Robert Pinsky, “Impossible to Tell

 

“SIGNIFYING NOTHING”: ON CONFIDENCE

William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Julia Kristeva, Black Sun

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Lisa L. Moore, “Sister Arts: On Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, and Others

Allie Brosh, “Adventures in Depression

Allie Brosh, “Depression Part Two

Stephen Booth, “On the Value of Hamlet

  

EPILOGUE

William Carlos Williams, “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower