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    • March 2001
    • 9780231119634
  • 496 Pages
  • Paperback
  • $35.00
  • / £24.00


    • March 2001
    • 9780231119627
  • 496 Pages
  • Hardcover
  • $105.00
  • / £72.50


The Extraordinary Tide

New Poetry by American Women

Edited by Susan Aizenberg and Erin Belieu, with Jeremy Countryman

A collection of nearly 400 poems by more than 100 different writers, The Extraordinary Tide synthesizes and celebrates an entire era of poetry by women in America. Long overdue, the anthology includes America's most recognized poets as well as those emerging as exciting new artists of contemporary verse.

Featuring recent work by poets as aesthetically diverse as Ai, Jane Kenyon, Ann Lauterbach, Carolyn Forché, and Leslie Scalapino, the collection is the most complete map now available of a vastly underexplored landscape in American writing. Also included are poems by Julia Alvarez, Lucille Clifton, Alice Fulton, Tess Gallagher, Amy Gerstler, Jane Hirschfield, Heather McHugh, Alice Notley, Lucia Perillo, Marie Ponsot, Mary Jo Salter, Ellen Bryant Voigt, C. D. Wright, and many others.

"The delights of this anthology are in its plurality, its collection of such a rich and varied sampling of that tide flooding American shores."--from the Foreword by Eleanor Wilner, author of Otherwise and Sarah's Choice

About the Author

Susan Aizenberg is assistant professor of english and creative writing at Creighton University and the poetry editor of The Nebraska Review, both in Omaha, Nebraska. Her poems have appeared in places such as Chelsea, ONTHEBUS, Prairie Schooner, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her collection of poems, Peru, appeared as part of the Graywolf Press Take 3 Series. She teaches at Creighton University.Erin Belieu, a contributing editor at AGNI, The Kenyon Review, and The Journal, teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Ohio University. Belieu is the author of two poetry collections from Copper Canyon Press, One Above & One Below(2000) and Infanta (1995), which was a selection of the National Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared in places such as The New York Times, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly and The Atlantic Monthly.

The Extraordinary Tide is an extraordinary and important anthology that anyone interested in contemporary American poetry will want to read and cherish. The voices in this book are diverse; the kinds of poems gathered here are various in style and subject. But the one assumption that underlies and animates every line of every poem is that inclusiveness, intellectual and imaginative restlessness, impurity and radical play are the life blood of our language and our literature, renewing the very conventions and traditions they resist. Contemporary American women poets have given a great gift to all students of poetry, to all of us who go to poetry for news of what it means to be a human being at this moment in our history.

Alan Shapiro, University of North Carolina

It has been too long since such a comprehensive collection was published, and anyone who cares about women's poetry should read it.... This book deserves a place on your bookshelf alongside the Norton and Oxford anthologies.