CONTEMPORARY PERIOD: 1945 TO THE PRESENT.
The "American Century": From Victory to Vietnam.
Ann Petry (1908-1997).
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963).
Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze. Root Cellar. Big Wind. from The Lost Son: 1. The Flight; 4. The Return; 5. It was beginning winter. from Meditations of an Old Woman: First Meditation; from Fourth Meditation. Elegy. My Papa''s Waltz.
Eudora Welty (1909-2002).
The Wide Net.
Charles Olson (1910-1970).
The Kingfishers. For Sappho, Back. I, Maximus of Gloucester, to You. Maximus, to himself.
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979).
The Fish. The Man-Moth. At the Fishhouses. Filling Station.
Bienvenido Santos (1911-1996).
Scent of Apples.
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983).
Portrait of a Madonna.
Tillie Lerner Olsen (1913-2007).
Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980).
Absalom. The Minotaur. Rite. The Poem as Mask. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X.
How We Did It.
Carlos Bulosan (1913-1956).
America Is in the Heart: from Chapter XIII; from Chapter XIV.
Robert Hayden (1913-1980).
Tour 5. Those Winter Sundays. Summertime and the Living. Mourning Poem for the Queen of Sunday.
Bernard Malamud (1914-1986).
The Magic Barrel.
Ralph Waldo Ellison (1914-1994).
A Party Down at the Square. Flying Home. Brave Words for a Startling Occasion.
Arthur Miller (1915-2005).
Saul Bellow (1915-2005) Looking for Mr. Green.
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000).
The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith. The Mother. We Real Cool. A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon. The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmet Till. Ulysses.
Robert Lowell, Jr. (1917-1977).
Memories of West Street and Lepke. Skunk Hour. For Theodore Roethke. For the Union Dead. Near the Ocean.
Hisaye Yamamoto (b. 1921).
Grace Paley (1922-2007).
The Expensive Moment.
John Okada (1923-1971).
from No-No Boy: Chapter 6.
James Baldwin (1924-1987).
Flannery O''Connor (1925-1964).
A Good Man Is Hard to Find.A Sheaf of Poetry and Prose from the Beat Movement.
Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997).
A Supermarket in California. Howl. America.
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969).
The Vanishing American Hobo.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919).
I Am Waiting. Dove Sta Amore. . . The Old Italians Dying.
Brenda (Bonnie) Frazer (b. 1939).
from Troia: Mexican Memoirs.
Joyce Johnson (b. 1934).
from Door Wide Open. from Minor Characters.
Gary Snyder (b. 1930).
Riprap. Vapor Trails. Wave. It Was When.
Albert Saijo (b. 1926).
Bodhisattva Vows.from Trip Trap (with Lew Welch and Jack Kerouac).Your Head.
Malcolm X (1925-1965) from The Autobiography of Malcolm X: from Chapter 19: 1965.
Robert Creeley (1926-2005).
Hart Crane. I Know a Man. For Love. Words. America.
Frank O''Hara (1926-1966).
My Heart. The Day Lady Died. Why I Am Not a Painter. Poem.
John Ashbery (b. 1927).
The Instruction Manual. Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape. As You Came from the Holy Land.
Cynthia Ozick (b. 1928).
Edward Albee (b. 1928).
The Sand Box.
Philip Levine (b. 1928).
Coming Home, Detroit, 1968.
The Rats.The Everlasting Sunday.The Simple Truth.The Lesson.
Paule Marshall (b. 1929).
To Da-Duh, in Memoriam.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929).
Diving into the Wreck. From a Survivor. Power. Not Somewhere Else, but Here. Coast to Coast. Frame. Cluster: E Pluribus Unum: Landmark Legislation. Brown v. Board of Education. Richard Perry Loving et ux., v. Virginia. Roe v. Wade. The U.S.A. Patriot Act.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). I Have a Dream. Letter from Birmingham Jail. A Sheaf of Vietnam Conflict Poetry and Prose.
Michael Herr (b. 1940).
Tim O''Brien (b. 1946).
In the Field.
Norman Mailer (1923-2007).
from The Armies of the Night.
Robert Bly (b. 1926).
Counting Small-Boned Bodies. The Teeth Mother Naked at Last.
Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947).
Tu Do Street. Prisoners. Thanks. Facing It. Fog Galleon.
Denise Levertov (1923-1997).
Overheard over S.E. Asia. In Thai Binh (Peace) Province. Fragrance of Life, Odor of Death. A Poem at Christmas, 1972, during the Terror-Bombing of North Vietnam.
Le Ly Hayslip (b. 1949).
From When Heaven and Earth Changed Places. New World Disorder: Recent Literature.
Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (b. 1929).
Sometimes It Just Happens That Way; That''s All.
John Barth (b. 1930) Lost in the Funhouse.
Donald Barthelme (1931-1989).
At the End of the Mechanical Age.
Toni Morrison (b. 1931).
Anne Sexton (1928-1974).
Her Kind. Housewife. Young. Somewhere in Africa.
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963).
For a Fatherless Son. Daddy. Lady Lazarus. Stings. Fever 103.
John Updike (b. 1932).
Ernest J. Gaines (b. 1933).
The Sky Is Gray.
Philip Roth (b. 1933).
You Can''t Tell a Man by the Song He Sings.
N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) (b. 1934).
from The Way To Rainy Mountain. Headwaters. Prologue. From the Introduction IV. XVI. XVII. XXIV. Epilogue. Rainy Mountain Cemetery.
Audre Lorde (1934-1992).
Power. Walking Our Boundaries. Never Take Fire from a Woman. The Art of Response. Stations. The Master''s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master''s House. Cluster: Aesthetics: Aesthetics and Politics of the 60s and 70s—Black, Brown, Yellow, Red.
Larry Neal (1937-1981).
Some Reflections on the Black Aesthetic. Anonymous. White Male Qualities.
Wing Tek Lum (b. 1946).
Chinese New Year. Minority Poem.
Ron Tanaka (1944-2007).
I hate my wife for her flat yellow face.
Frank Chin et al. (b. 1940).
Introduction to Aiiieeeee! (excerpt, nonfiction); Combahee River Collective. A Black Feminist Statement. Rita Sanchez, Chicana Writer Breaking Out of the Silence.
Vine Deloria (1933-2005).
from Custer Died for your Sins.
Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) (b. 1934).
An Agony. As now. Ka ''Ba. Black People: This Is Our Destiny. A Poem Some People Will Have to Understand. Numbers, Letters. Dutchman.
Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934).
to blk/record/buyers. Masks. Just Don''t Never Give Up on Love. A Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King. Father and Daughter.
Tomas Rivera (1935-1984).
from . . . y no se lo tragó la tierra/ And the Earth Did Not Devour Him.
Lucille Clifton (b. 1936).
the thirty eighth year. i am accused of tending to the past. at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989. reply. in white America.
June Jordan (b. 1936).
Poem About My Rights. To Free Nelson Mandela. Moving Towards Home.
Rudolfo A. Anaya (b. 1937).
from Bless Me, Ultima: Dieciocho.
Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937).
Nicholasa Mohr (b. 1938).
from Rituals of Survival.
Raymond Carver (1938-1988).
What We Talk about When We Talk about Love.
Lawson Fusao Inada (b. 1938).
Instructions to All Persons. Two Variations on a Theme by Thelonius Monk as Inspired by Mal Waldron: Introduction: Monk''s Prosody; I. Blue Monk (linear); II. Blue Monk (percussive). Kicking the Habit. On Being Asian American.
Michael S. Harper (b. 1938).
Song: I Want a Witness Nightmare Begins Responsibility. Here Where Coltrane Is. A Narrative of the Life and Times of John Coltrane: Played by Himself. Camp Story.
Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938).
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938).
I am a cowboy in the boat of Ra. Flight to Canada.
Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995).
Frank Chin (b. 1940).
Railroad Standard Time. A Sheaf of Prison Literature.
Etheridge Knight (1931-1991).
The Idea of Ancestry. The Violent Space (or when your sister sleeps around for money). Ilu, the Talking Drum. A Poem for Myself (or Blues for a Mississippi Black Boy).
Jimmy Santiago Baca (b. 1952).
I''ve Taken Risks. I Put on My Jacket. Commitment. Ghost Reading in Sacramento.
Kathy Boudin (b. 1943).
The Call. Our Skirt. A Trilogy of Journeys.
Leonard Peltier (b. 1944).
from Prison Writings.
Judee Norton (b. 1949).
James Welch (Blackfeet-Gros Ventre) (b. 1940).
from Winter in the Blood.
Bharati Mukherjee (b. 1940).
A Wife''s Story.
Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940).
No Name Woman.
Bobbie Ann Mason (b. 1940).
Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo) (b. 1941).
from Sand Creek.
John Edgar Wideman (b. 1941).
Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004).
from Borderlands/ La Frontera. 3. Entering into the Serpent 7. La conciencia de la mestiza / Toward a New Consciousness.
Janice Mirikitani (b. 1942).
For My Father. Desert Flowers. Breaking Tradition. Recipe.
Pat Mora (b. 1942).
Border Town: 1938. Unnatural Speech. University Avenue.
Lee Smith (b. 1944).
The Bubba Stories.
Pedro Pietri (1944-2004).
Puerto Rican Obituary. Traffic Violations.
Richard Rodriguez (b. 1944).
from The Hunger of Memory.
Alice Walker (b. 1944).
Laurel. Cluster: Nature and Spirituality—Ecocriticism.
Bill McKibben (b. 1960).
from The Comforting Whirlwind.
Bell Hooks (b. 1952).
Touching the Earth.
Wendell Berry (b. 1934).
Word and Flesh.
Winona LaDuke (b. 1959).
from All Our Relations.
Linda Hogan (b. 1947).
Art Spiegelman (b. 1948).
Don''t Get Around Much Anymore. from Maus II.
Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna) (b. 1948).
Wendy Rose (Hopi) (b. 1948).
Throat Song: The Rotating Earth. Loo-wit. To the Hopi in Richmond (Santa Fe Indian Village). If I Am Too Brown or Too White for You. Story Keeper. Julia.
Jamaica Kincaid (b. 1949).
from A Small Place.
Sandra Maria Esteves (b. 1948) and Luz María Umpierre (b. 1947).
A Poetry Exchange. A la Mujer Borrinqueña (Esteves). In Response (Umpierre). So Your Name Isn''t María Cristina (Esteves). Music d''Orsay (Umpierre).
Jessica Hagedorn (b. 1949).
The Blossoming of BongBong. The Death of Anna May Wong. Filipino Boogie. Homesick.
Dorothy Allison (b. 1949).
Don''t Tell Me You Don''t Know.
Victor Hernandez Cruz (b. 1949).
urban dream. Mountain Building. Table of Contents.
Carolyn Forché (b. 1950).
from The Country Between Us: The Colonel. Because One Is Always Forgotten. As Children Together. from The Recording Angel. Elegy.
Paula Vogel (b. 1951).
How I Learned to Drive.
Karen Tei Yamashita (b. 1951).
from Tropic of Orange: 2. Benefits—Koreatown.
Garrett Kaoru Hongo (b. 1951).
Off from Swing Shift. Who Among You Knows the Essence of Garlic? And Your Soul Shall Dance. The Unreal Dwelling: My Years in Volcano.
Joy Harjo (Creek) (b. 1951).
The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window. New Orleans. Remember. Vision. Anchorage. Deer Dancer. We Must Call a Meeting.
Tato Laveria (b. 1951).
frío. AmeRícan. Latero Story.
Judith Ortiz Cofer (b. 1952).
Claims. The Woman Who Was Left at the Altar.My Father in the Navy: A Childhood Memory. En Mis Ojos No Hay Días. Latin Women Pray.
Rita Dove (b. 1952).
Ö. Daystar. The Oriental Ballerina.
Naimi Shihab Nye (b. 1952).
Ducks. Different Ways to Pray. My Father and the Figtree. Blood. Where the Soft Air Lives.
Gary Soto (b. 1952).
Braly Street. The Cellar. Mexicans Begin Jogging. Black Hair. Kearney Park.
Rane Arroyo (b. 1953).
My Transvestite Uncle Is Missing. Caribbean Braille. Write What You Know. That Flag.
Louise Erdrich (b. 1954).
from Love Medicine: Saint Marie (1934).
Lorna Dee Cervantes (b. 1954).
Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway. Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Well-Read Person Could Believe in the War Between Races Macho. Bananas.
Helena María Viramontes (b. 1954).
The Cariboo Café.
Aurora Levins Morales (b. 1954).
Child of the Americas. Puertoricanness. Heart of My Heart, Bone of My Bone.
Sandra Cisneros (b. 1954).
Gish Jen (b. 1955).
In the American Society.
Kimiko Hahn (b. 1955).
Strands. Resistance: A Poem on Ikat Cloth. Cuttings.
Lynda Barry (b. 1956).
Messed Up and Confused.Help You.
Li-Young Lee (b. 1957).
I Ask My Mother to Sing. My Father, in Heaven, Is Reading Out Loud. With Ruins. This Room and Everything in It.
Alison Bechdel (b. 1960).
from Fun Home.
David Foster Wallace (b. 1962).
The Devil Is a Busy Man.
Chang-Rae Lee (b.1965).
Coming Home Again.
Sherman Alexie (b. 1966).
Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play "The Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock.
Chris Ware (b. 1967).
Thrilling Adventure Stories (I Guess).
Jhumpa Lahiri (b. 1967).
When Mr. Perzada Came to Dine.
Joe Sacco (b. 1970).
Boy in the Rain.Cluster: America in the World/The World in America: Globalization and Post 9/11 Culture.
Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007).
The Spirit of Terrorism.
Wai Chee Dimock (b. 1953).
Planet and America, Set and Subset.
Don DeLillo (b. 1936).
In the Ruins of the Future.
Michael Rothberg (b. 1966).
Seeing Terror, Feeling Art: Public and Private in Post-9/11 Literature.
David Simpson (b. 1951).
Telling It Like It Isn''t.
Don DeLillo (b. 1936).
From Falling Man.
Edwidge Danticat (b. 1969).
New York Day Women.
Minh Duc Nguyen (b. 1972).
Tale of Apricot.
Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines.