Hammer and Blaze

A Gathering of Contemporary American Poets

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Pages: 368

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in

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Paperback

Pub Date: 08/01/2002

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2416-6

List Price: $30.95

Hammer and Blaze

A Gathering of Contemporary American Poets

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Hammer and Blaze provides a true cross-section of the best contemporary poets writing in North America today. Editors Ellen Bryant Voigt and Heather McHugh have brought together the work of sixty poets who have taught at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, one of the most respected and influential writing programs of its kind.

The stellar group of contributors includes MacArthur fellows Campbell McGrath, Anne Carson, Edward Hirsch, Eleanor Wilner, Susan Stewart, and Lucia Perillo. Also represented here are works by Pulitzer Prize winners Stephen Dunn and Louise Glück; Ruth Lilly Prize winner Carl Dennis; and Robert Wrigley, Thomas Lux, and B. H. Fairchild, winners of the Kingsley Tufts Award. From the couplets of Pablo Medina to the neoclassical lyricisms of Carl Phillips, this anthology appropriately reflects the cross-cultural nature of contemporary North American poetry with its most diverse and prestigious voices. A number of the poems are previously unpublished, including work by Joan Aleshire, Stuart Dischell, Stephen Dobyns, Stephen Dunn, Roland Flint, Carol Frost, Barbara Greenberg, Edward Hirsch, Pablo Medina, Steve Orlen, Gregory Orr, Kathleen Peirce, Kenneth Rosen, Daniel Tobin, Alan Williamson, and Eleanor Wilner.

Hammer and Blaze, a gathering of our best poets, should garner attention from the literary world at large as well as from students of contemporary poetry and creative writing.

This collection brings together some of the finest poetry of the last two decades.

—Sue E. Budin

Hammer and Blaze is a fine introduction to one segment of today's literary community.

—Judith Kitchen, Georgia Review

Alan Williamson

Anne Carson

B. Fairchild

Barbara Greenberg

Betty Adcock

Brigit Kelly

Brooks Haxton

Campbell McGrath

Carl Dennis

Carl Phillips

Carol Frost

Chase Twichell

Chris Forhan

Claudia Rankine

Daniel Tobin

David Baker

David Smith

Dean Young

Debra Allbery

Edward Hirsch

Eleanor Wilner

Grace Schulman

Gregory Orr

Jean Valentine

Joan Aleshire

John Skoyles

Karen Brennan

Kathleen Peirce

Kenneth Rosen

Larry Levis

Laura Kasischke

Louise Gluck

Lucia Perillo

Lynn Emanuel

Marianne Boruch

Mary Leader

Maura Stanton

Maureen Howe

Michael Collier

Michael Ryan

Pablo Medina

Peter Cooley

Reginald Gibbons

Renate Wood

Robert Wrigley

Roger Fanning

Roland Flint

Stephen Dobyns

Stephen Dunn

Steve Orlen

Stuart Dischell

Susan Stewart

Thomas Lux

Tom Andrews

Tom Sleigh

Tony Hoagland

About the Author/Editor

Ellen Bryant Voigt (Editor)
ELLEN BRYANT VOIGT is a widely honored poet and the author of five books of poems. She is also a creative writing teacher and has had a long association with the MFA program at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Vermont.

Heather McHugh (Editor)
HEATHER MCHUGH is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the University of Washington, Seattle, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Among her works are The Father of the Predicaments, Broken English: Poetry and Partiality, and a translation of Euripides' Cyclops.