The Eloquent Poem:
128 Contemporary Poems and Their Making
Persea Books, 2019
THE ELOQUENT POEM is an exhilarating anthology of 128 never-before-published poems by more than 100 contemporary poets. It is divided into fourteen chapters by poetic approach—some formal, some occasional, and some thematic—and includes illuminating micro-essays from the poets on how each poem came to be and how it fits into (or disrupts) its poetic tradition. Bound to inspire readers and writers, these are innovative poems to marvel at and learn from—among them ars poeticas by Joy Harjo and Cornelius Eady, litanies by Angela Jackson and Joy Ladin, persona poems by Laura Kasischke and Marilyn Nelson, and collage poems by Kimiko Hahn and Major Jackson. Other chapters showcase aphorisms, aubades & nocturnes, eclogues, ekphrasis, epistles, poems in form, mirror poems, mythological poems, and prose poems.
Acclaimed anthologist Elise Paschen has handpicked some of America’s most exceptional poets and arranged them to emphasize their diversity of style, identity, and voice. THE ELOQUENT POEM is an inviting book for new and longtime poetry lovers of all tastes and backgrounds.