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American Poets in the 21st Century

Poetics of Social Engagement

Poetics of Social Engagement emphasizes the ways in which innovative American poets have blended art and social awareness, focusing on aesthetic experiments and investigations of ethnic, racial, gender, and class subjectivities. Rather than consider poetry as a thing apart, or as a tool for asserting identity, this volume’s poets create sites, forms, and modes for entering the public sphere, contesting injustices, and reimagining the contemporary. Like the earlier anthologies in this series, this volume includes generous selections of poetry as well as illuminating poetics statements and incisive essays. This unique organization makes these books invaluable teaching tools. A companion website will present audio of each poet’s work.

Poets included:
Rosa Alcalá
Brian Blanchfield
Daniel Borzutzky
Carmen Giménez Smith
Allison Hedge Coke
Cathy Park Hong
Christine Hume
Bhanu Kapil
Mauricio Kilwein Guevara
Fred Moten
Craig Santos Perez
Barbara Jane Reyes
Roberto Tejada
Edwin Torres

Essayists included:
John Alba Cutler
Chris Nealon
Kristin Dykstra
Joyelle McSweeney
Chadwick Allen
Danielle Pafunda
Molly Bendall
Eunsong Kim
Michael Dowdy
Brent Hayes Edwards
J. Michael Martinez
Martin Joseph Ponce
David Colón
Urayoán Noel


"It's not about what to do next so much as it's about what we can imagine, and what our social positions and personalities.let us imagine, given the carnage outside. These poets help us think, not about vote tallies, not about one or another incident of injustice, but about the society we have, the way that identities form within and against it, the attitudes we can examine if we want to know how to stand up, or see more clearly, or fight back."—Stephanie Burt, professor of English, Harvard University

"Dowdy and Rankine have provided a poetics of recognition as well as of disobedience. Their excellent selection of poets and critical commentary offers a screen shot on an era of economic inequality and racial violence, but also of new alliances and resurgent activism. Poets in this important volume testify to the fact that poetry makes something happen by imagining a new plural subject—resistant and disobedient in equal parts." —Michael Davidson, author of Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body
Wesleyan University Press
American Poets in the 21st Century

9780819578297 : american-poets-in-the-21st-century-rankine-dowdy
416 Pages
$80.00 USD
9780819578303 : american-poets-in-the-21st-century-rankine-dowdy
Paperback / softback
416 Pages
$29.95 USD

Other Titles by Claudia Rankine

American Women Poets in the 21st Century

Claudia Rankine
Oct 2013 - Wesleyan University Press
$32.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$23.99 USD - Electronic book text

Eleven More American Women Poets in the 21st Century

Claudia Rankine
Jul 2012 - Wesleyan University Press
$25.99 USD - Electronic book text

Eleven More American Women Poets in the 21st Century

edited by Claudia Rankine, Lisa Sewell
Feb 2012 - Wesleyan University Press
$32.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$80.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in POETRY / General

Poems in Absentia & Poems from The Island and the World

Pedro da Silveira, translated by George Monteiro, introduction by Vamberto Freitas
May 2019 - University of Massachusetts Press
$14.95 USD - Paperback / softback

When Not Yet Is Now

Samuel Hazo
Apr 2019 - Franciscan University Press
$20.00 USD - Hardback


poems by Hastings Hensel
Apr 2019 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback