Poetry of the American West

Edited by Alison H. Deming

Columbia University Press

Poetry of the American West

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Pub Date: May 1999

ISBN: 9780231103879

392 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $25.00£21.00

Poetry of the American West

Edited by Alison H. Deming

Columbia University Press

The imagery of the American West is chronicled over the course of its long and varied cultural heritage. Deming has selected 150 poems by 75 poets including protest poems of the Chicano farmworkers, campfire cowboy songs, sacred American Indian songs, and works by Willa Cather, Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich, Walt Whitman and other canonical figures.

Substantial, provocative, necessary, lasting.

The Bloomsbury Review

This landmark anthology samples work from the panoply of poetic voices that spring from, or find a home in, the American West... Startling and poignant... Insightful biographical notes do much to place the work in a larger literary and social context; historical and contemporary photographs of the people and landscapes of the West make it an exceptionally handsome book.

Boston Review

About the Author

Alison H. Deming is director of the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona. Her 1993 book Science and Other Poems won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets as well as the Pushcart Prize. She is also the author of Temporary Homelands, a collection of essays.