Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania by Marjorie Maddox

By Marjorie Maddox

Through the years, Pennsylvania has been graced with an abundance of writers whose paintings attracts imaginatively at the country s heritage and tradition. universal Wealth sings the essence of Pennsylvania via modern poetry. even if Pennsylvania is their element of foundation or their vacation spot, the featured poets eventually locate what issues: background, satisfaction, paintings, inventiveness, fight, religion, good looks, desire. Keystone poets Marjorie Maddox and Jerry Wemple have a good time Pennsylvania with this wide selection of latest and veteran poets, together with former country poet Samuel Hazo, nationwide booklet Award winner Gerald Stern, Pulitzer Prize winners Maxine Kumin, W. S. Merwin, and W. D. Snodgrass, and Reading-born grasp John Updike. The ebook s 103 poets additionally comprise such famous authors as Diane Ackerman, Maggie Anderson, Jan Beatty, Robin Becker, Jim Daniels, Toi Derricotte, Gary Fincke, Harry Humes, Julia Kasdorf, Ed Ochester, Jay Parini, Len Roberts, Sonia Sanchez, Betsy Sholl, and Judith Vollmer. In those pages, poems comic strip the landscapes and cultural terrain of the nation, delving into the historical past, traditions, and folks of Philadelphia, Dutch kingdom, the coal-mining area, the Poconos, and the Lehigh Valley; the 3 Rivers sector; the Laurel Highlands; and Erie and the Allegheny nationwide woodland. Theirs is a posh narrative cultivated for hundreds of years in coal mines, kitchens, increased trains, and hometowns, a story that illuminates the sanctity of the general the day-by-day chores of a Mennonite housewife, a polka dance in Coaldale, the past due shift at a metal manufacturing unit, the macadam of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. With its panoramic imaginative and prescient of Pennsylvania, its tradition, and its thriving literary historical past, universal Wealth is a set of remembrance for a kingdom that maintains to motivate numerous contributions to American literature.

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PT02 8/3/05 11:47 AM Page 45 Potter’s Field, Germantown robin hiteshew “And he cast down the pieces of silver. . ” —Matthew 27:5–7 Judas Iscariot threw down his blood money, and this land, bought from Balltes Reser five pounds and ten, 1765. Resting place of the poorest poor, those strange, unwelcomed, in the town’s proper burying place—upwind. The ground in Bowman’s Lane, now Queen, beginning at a post by the lane, fourteen perches to John Keyser’s land, by the same SW ten perches, to a corner in said line, to the land of Christian Lashet, SE fourteen perches to a post by Bowman’s Lane.

PT02 8/3/05 11:47 AM Page 43 after the long morning with the squirrels and flickers. Here the Jehovah’s Witnesses lay down their arms and gathered quietly around the tables. —Without knowing the name or the reason I gave myself up to vertigo; I lay for hours with my eyes closed listening to the great sounds coming in from Germantown; I loved the ground so much that I had to hold on to the grass for balance. I can tell you that where those two girls go carefully over the stones, and where that civilized man and his son pick up loose wood for the fireplace was, for three years, my refuge.

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