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Fall-Winter 2000-2001 Vol. 51 No. 1&2
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A Fine Excess: Special 50th Anniversary Anthology

   
 
Marion K. Stocking
Foreword     xvii
 
Victor E. Ferrall, Jr.
Preface     xix
 
Marion K. Stocking
Introduction    xxi
 
John Holmes
A Taste for Revenge (originally published in Fall 1950)    5
 
May Sarton
The Stone Resists (originally published in Fall 1950)    6
 
William Carlos Williams
The Drunkard (originally published in Spring 1951)    7
 
James Laughlin
Fragment (from "America I Love You") (originally published in Summer 1951)    8
Well All Right (originally published in Summer 1951)    9
 
Federico García Lorca
The Ballad of the Sleepwalker (originally published in Fall 1951)    10
 
Philip Booth
Admission of Guilt (originally published in Spring 1952)    13
 
Richard Wilbur
Digging for China (originally published in Spring 1952)    14
 
Galway Kinnell
Death of a Sister (originally published in Summer 1953)    15
 
Charles Muñoz
The Politician (originally published in Summer 1953)    16
 
Louis Zukofsky
from "A" - 12 (originally published in Fall 1954)    17
 
Charles Olson
Letter #29 (from The Maximus Poems) (originally published in Fall 1954)    20
 
William Carlos Williams
The Ivy Crown (originally published in Fall 1954)    25
 
Philip Levine
Moving (originally published in Spring 1955)    28
 
Suzanne Gross
Guitarist (originally published in Spring 1955)    29
 
Robert Creeley
Not Again (originally published in Fall 1955)    30
 
Traditional
Woad (originally published in Winter 1955-1956)    31
William A-Trembletoe (originally published in Winter 1955-1956)    32
The Purple Hen (originally published in Winter 1955-1956)    33
 
Lachlan MacDonald
Monkey Apple Town (originally published in Spring 1956)    34
 
David Ignatow
Elegy (originally published in Summer 1956)    36
 
Adrienne Rich
The Salvagers (originally published in Summer 1956)    37
 
Nelly Sachs
Landschaft aus Schreien (originally published in Winter 1956-1957)    38
 
May Swenson
R. F. at Breadloaf-His Hand against a Tree (originally published in Summer 1957)    42
 
Maxine W. Kumin
Sandpipers (originally published in Fall 1957)    44
 
Charles Bukowski
Treason (originally published in Winter 1957-1958)    45
 
Gil Orlovitz
Not (originally published in Winter 1957-1958)    47
 
Philip Larkin
Success Story (originally published in Winter 1957-1958)    49
 
William Stafford
Totem (originally published in Spring 1958)    50
Long Distance (originally published in Spring 1958)    51
 
Anne Sexton
Didn't Know (originally published in Summer 1958)    52
 
James Dickey
Joel Cahill Dead (originally published in Summer 1958)    53
 
Hayden Carruth
Plato, Esq. (originally published in Fall 1959)    55
 
Nicholas Biel
Adam (originally published in Winter 1959-1960)    61
 
P. Machwe, translator
Extremely Impoverished (originally published in Winter 1962-1963), by Nirendra Chakravarty    65
 
Mohan Singh
A Village Girl (originally published in Winter 1962-1963)    66
 
Balakrishna Sama
The Song (originally published in Winter 1962-1963)    67
 
Derek Walcott
Rivers (originally published in Summer 1963)    68
 
Galway Kinnell
Tillamook Journal (originally published in Summer 1963)    69
 
W. S. Merwin
The Next (originally published in Fall 1963)    74
 
LeRoi (Amiri Baraka) Jones
A Contract (originally published in Fall 1963)    76
 
Adrienne Rich
Ghost of a Chance (originally published in Fall 1963)    77
 
Denise Levertov
The Secret (originally published in Fall 1963)    78
 
A. R. Ammons
Sung Reassertions (originally published in Fall 1963)    80
 
Gary Snyder
A Heifer Clambers Up (originally published in Fall 1963)    81
 
Ted Enslin
Pavane (originally published in Fall 1963)    82
 
Patricia Goedicke
The Hedgehog (originally published in Spring 1964)    84
 
Charles Simic
Water (originally published in Fall 1964)    85
 
Suzanne Gross
Dateline: Death (originally published in Spring 1965)    86
The Link (originally published in Spring 1965)    88
Grass Oracle (originally published in Spring 1965)    90
 
Jibanananda Das
Grass (originally published in Fall 1965)    91
She (originally published in Fall 1965)    92
 
Raymond Carver
For Semra, with Martial Vigor (originally published in Winter 1965-1966)    93
 
Wendell Berry
The Snake (originally published in Winter 1965-1966)    95
 
Claus Bremer
ein text passiert (originally published in Fall 1966)    96
 
Ian Hamilton Finlay
au pair girl (originally published in Fall 1966)    97
 
Seiichi & Pierre Garnier Niikuni
Untitled (originally published in Fall 1966)    98
 
Edwin Morgan
The Computer's First Birthday Card (originally published in Fall 1966)    99
 
Joyce Carol Oates
Numberless Girls (originally published in Winter 1967-1968)    100
 
Christopher Bursk
Adjust, Adjust (originally published in Summer 1968)    101
 
Erica Mann (Jong)
Tapestry, with Unicorns (originally published in Winter 1968-1969)    103
 
Thomas Lux
Pindar (Odes 1-8) (originally published in Fall 1970)    107
 
Doris Betts
Mrs. Longfellow's Death (originally published in Spring 1971)    110
 
John McKernan
The Napkin (originally published in Fall-Winter 1971-1972)    112
 
Kaoru Maruyama
The Sea's Eyes (originally published in Summer 1972)    113
 
Ann Deagon
The Sibyl's Bath (originally published in Winter 1972-1973)    114
 
Sister Pam Smith
The Young Woman Explains Why She Has Become a Nun (originally published in Winter 1972-1973)    116
 
Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
The Tablecloth (originally published in Spring 1973)    118
 
Chad Walsh
Our Brother the Murderer (originally published in Summer 1973)    119
 
Gjertrud Schnackenberg
Letter from Brooklyn (originally published in Summer 1974)    121
 
Sharon Olds
Schoolhouse Bell (originally published in Fall 1974)    122
 
Karen Snow
Snow Falls on Flowers (originally published in Winter 1974-1975)    124
 
Wendell Berry
The Bent Tree (originally published in Fall 1975)    126
 
Hayden Carruth
Elaboration (originally published in Fall 1975)    127
 
Russell Edson
One Who Journeys in a Tree (originally published in Fall 1975)    128
 
Richard Eberhart
Depths (originally published in Fall 1975)    129
 
Thomas McGrath
Totems (VI) (originally published in Fall 1975)    130
 
W. S. Merwin
The Shuttles (originally published in Fall 1975)    131
 
John Wheatcroft
Night Howl (originally published in Spring-Summer 1976)    132
 
Hunt Hawkins
Jean-Paul Sartre in the Bathtub (originally published in Winter 1976-1977)    137
 
Paula Rankin
Two Poems for the Blood (originally published in Winter 1976-1977)    138
 
Susan Stewart
Four Questions Regarding the Dreams of Animals (originally published in Fall 1978)    139
 
George Barlow
American Plethora: MacCorporate MacDream (originally published in Winter 1978-1979)    141
 
Ntozake Shange
We Are Just Kinda That Way (originally published in Winter 1978-1979)    143
 
Yusef Komunyakaa
Captain Nobones' Threnody (originally published in Winter 1978-1979)    146
 
Pattiann Rogers
How to Stay Safe in the City (originally published in Summer 1979)    147
 
Achy Obejas
Come the Fox (originally published in Fall 1979)    149
 
Joy Harjo
Cuchillo (originally published in Winter 1979-1980)    153
 
Peter Blue Cloud
Sixteen Postholes (originally published in Winter 1979-1980)    154
 
Linda Hogan
Daughters Sleeping (originally published in Winter 1979-1980)    156
 
Marianne Boruch
Sympathy (originally published in Spring 1980)    157
 
Gail Thomas
South African Song (originally published in Summer 1980)    158
 
David P. Brunet
A Scared Kid with a Knife Threatens an Old Man (originally published in Summer 1980)    161
 
Suzanne Gross
The Woman and the Waterhorse (originally published in Winter 1980-1981)    162
 
Lola Haskins
Employment (originally published in Winter 1980-1981)    163
 
Thomas Frosch
Flounder (originally published in Winter 1980-1981)    164
 
Susan Hand Shetterly
The Lobsterman's Death (originally published in Spring 1981)    167
 
Agha Shahid Ali
Glass Bangles (originally published in Winter 1982-1983)    168
 
David M. Michalak
Sour Grapes (originally published in Spring 1983)    169
 
Brooks Haxton
What Would Make a Boy Think to Kill Bats? (originally published in Spring 1984)    171
 
Achy Obejas
Tiger Tiger (originally published in Fall 1984)    172
 
Lola Haskins
Alexandria, 1982 (originally published in Fall 1984)    174
 
Judith Cordary
Heartland (originally published in Winter 1984-1985)    175
 
Dorianne Laux
Two Pictures of My Sister (originally published in Spring 1985)    177
 
Albert Goldbarth
The Gulf (originally published in Spring 1985)    179
 
Ray Clark Dickson
The Day They Shot Sakharov (originally published in Winter 1985-1986)    186
 
Brooks Haxton
Walking Home in the Dark (originally published in Winter 1985-1986)    187
 
Gary Hulbert
Appreciation for City Music (originally published in Winter 1986-1987)    188
 
Leonard M. Trawick
Earth (originally published in Summer 1987)    189
 
Ray Clark Dickson
It Takes an Old Woman Screaming Vietato Fumare! (originally published in Summer 1987)    190
 
Hillel Schwartz
BUZ LOVES DONNA FOREVER, All in Caps, outside Trenton (originally published in Summer 1988)    191
 
Bei Dao
Everything (originally published in Winter 1988-1989)    194
 
Shu Ting
This Is also Everything, In Reply to a Young Friend's Everything (originally published in Winter 1988-1989)    196
 
Xie Ye
At Last I Turn My Back (originally published in Winter 1988-1989)    198
 
Wang Xiao-Long
In Memory of the Space Ship Challenger (originally published in Winter 1988-1989)    200
 
Gu Chen
A Generation (originally published in Winter 1988-1989)    208
 
Glyn Maxwell
True that I Lie (originally published in Spring 1989)    209
 
Albert Goldbarth
The Nile (originally published in Spring 1989)    211
 
Jane Poston
Manta Rays (originally published in Summer 1989)    217
 
Justin Chin
Sold (originally published in Fall 1989)    218
 
Bruce Cutler
The Kingdom of Hands (originally published in Fall 1989)    220
The Examination (originally published in Fall 1989)    222
 
Roger Finch
In a Sari Shop (originally published in Fall 1989)    225
 
Joanna Byrne Cavitch
I Follow an Ambulance This Morning (originally published in Winter 1989-1990)    229
 
David Sullivan
Don't Laugh (originally published in Winter 1989-1990)    230
Their Letters Were Baked in a Sterilizer (originally published in Winter 1989-1990)    232
 
Susan Tichy
Copulation (originally published in Spring 1990)    233
 
Chitra Divakaruni
The Gift (originally published in Spring 1990)    235
 
Gwendolyn Brooks
Jane Addams (originally published in Summer 1990)    237
 
Hayden Carruth
Pray You Young Woman (originally published in Summer 1990)    239
 
Daniel Hoffman
Speech (originally published in Summer 1990)    240
 
David Ignatow
Imagine (originally published in Summer 1990)    242
The Manacled Youth (originally published in Summer 1990)    243
 
Philip Levine
The Fast (originally published in Summer 1990)    244
 
William Stafford
Snow (originally published in Summer 1990)    246
 
Roald Hoffmann
Into the Stadium (originally published in Winter 1990-1991)    247
The Sensual Laboratory Assistant (originally published in Winter 1990-1991)    248
 
Susan Kolodny
Neuroanatomy (originally published in Winter 1990-1991)    250
 
Betsy Sholl
Real Faux Pearls (originally published in Spring 1991)    253
 
Laura Kasischke
After My Little Light, I Sat in the Dark (originally published in Spring 1991)    255
 
Norman German
Bone Mouse Sings a Skeleton Song (originally published in Winter 1991-1992)    258
 
Albert Goldbarth
Lullabye (originally published in Winter 1991-1992)    260
 
Ruth Anderson Barnett
Annie Parker (originally published in Winter 1991-1992)    261
 
William Carpenter
There's This Poet Going Round, Speaking Fire at Stones (originally published in Spring 1992)    265
Power of Concentration (originally published in Spring 1992)    267
 
Philip Dacey
Recorded Message (originally published in Fall 1992)    268
 
Ursula K. Le Guin
Fragments from the Women's Writing (originally published in Fall 1992)    270
 
A. E. Stallings
Apollo Takes Charge of His Muses (originally published in Winter 1992-1993)    274
 
Baron Wormser
Cow Symphony (originally published in Spring 1993)    275
 
Elizabeth Tibbetts
Ida Goes to the Hens (originally published in Spring 1993)    276
 
Kurt Leland
Remedies (originally published in Summer 1993)    278
 
Jim Kacian
A Sonnet for Philip Glass (originally published in Fall 1993)    284
 
Kate Barnes
Elizabeth and Sally (originally published in Fall 1993)    285
 
Jane Mead
In the Parking Lot at the Junior College on the Eve of a Presidential Election (originally published in Fall 1993)    287
 
Philip Booth
First Night (originally published in Summer 1994)    290
Seventy (originally published in Summer 1994)    291
 
Charles Muñoz
Lockerbie (originally published in Winter 1994-1995)    292
 
Taylor Mali
I Could Be a Poet (originally published in Winter 1994-1995)    294
 
David Starkey
Pottawatomie Creek (originally published in Winter 1994-1995)    296
 
Forrest Hamer
The Calling (originally published in Spring 1995)    298
 
Brian Hubbell
To a Woman of Many Houses: (originally published in Spring 1995)    302
 
Michael D. Piscal
Discovering the Right Words (originally published in Spring 1995)    304
 
Eleanor Wilner
Abstraction (originally published in Summer 1995)    306
 
A. R. Ammons
December Starlings (originally published in Summer 1995)    308
 
Patricia Goedicke
In These Burning Stables (originally published in Summer 1995)    309
 
Charles Muñoz
The Bull and the Angel (originally published in Fall 1995)    311
The Innocents (originally published in Fall 1995)    313
 
Sherman Alexie
Defending Walt Whitman (originally published in Fall 1995)    315
 
Henry Hart
The Prisoner of Camau (originally published in Fall 1995)    317
 
Robert M. Chute
Heat Wave in Concord (originally published in Spring 1996)    324
 
Sherman Alexie
Inside Dachau (originally published in Summer 1996)    328
 
Brian Hubbell
Men's Night (originally published in Fall 1996)    333
 
Joy Dworkin
Morning at the Neretva River, November 8, 1993 (originally published in Winter 1996-1997)    334
 
Mary Leader
For the Love of Gerald Finzi (originally published in Summer 1997)    335
 
Gary J. Whitehead
Sisyphus (originally published in Summer 1997)    342
 
Gabriel Gudding
The Footnote's Reconnaissance of the Piedmont (originally published in Fall 1997)    343
 
Hillel Schwartz
Exactitude (originally published in Winter 1997-1998)    345
 
Lucia Perillo
The Oldest Map with the Name America (originally published in Winter 1997-1998)    347
 
Nancy Nielsen
Found Wanting (originally published in Summer 1998)    352
 
Cathleen Calbert
Listening to the Voices of Medieval Sainted Ladies (originally published in Summer 1998)    353
 
Anthony Sobin
Cutting Ties (originally published in Summer 1998)    355
 
Karl Elder
Alpha Images (originally published in Winter 1998-1999)    357
 
Janet Holmes
Partch Stations (originally published in Winter 1998-1999)    361
 
Peter Munro
A Fisheries Scientist Sights a Large School of Myth Swimming in Shallow Water in Southeast Alaska (originally published in Winter 1998-1999)    374
 
Richard Foerster
Petit Mal (originally published in Spring 1999)    384
Church Burning (originally published in Spring 1999)    385
 
Mairéad Byrne
Birds (originally published in Spring 1999)    386
 
Carol Henrie
Año Nuevo (originally published in Fall 1999)    388
 
Patricia Goedicke
The Dreams We Wake From (originally published in Fall 1999)    390
 
Lisa Coffman
Small Paintings within Sarah McEneaney's Paintings (originally published in Fall 1999)    392
 
Elizabeth Kuhlman
Solange (originally published in Spring 2000)    394
 
Margaret Aho
I dream I'm leaving (originally published in Summer 2000)    396
Between wand and welt (originally published in Summer 2000)    399
When he emerged- (originally published in Summer 2000)    400
Eye-shaped, mouth-shaped (originally published in Summer 2000)    401
 
Lynne Knight
Wrapped Songs (originally published in Summer 2000)    403
 
Appendix 1: BPJ Chapbooks    413
 
Appendix 2: Chad Walsh Poetry Prize Winners    415
 
Index of Poets and Titles    419
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