Bluestones and Salt Hay: An Anthology of Contemporary New Jersey Poets. Joel Lewis, Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Joyce Carol Oates, Herschel Silverman, Anne Waldman.

Bluestones and Salt Hay: An Anthology of Contemporary New Jersey Poets

ISBN: 081351486X
New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1990. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "Unlike many regional anthologies, Bluestones and Salt Hay is not merely a gathering of writers linked by geographic proximity, but rather an anthology of place and how the poet's vision reflects local history, geography, and culture. Special care was made in the selection of the poetry so that New Jersey is a recurring theme throughout the volume. The Pine Barrens, Paterson, the Jersey Shore, and the evoked spirits of (Walt) Whitman and (William Carlos) Williams are essential elements in these poets' vision, forming a "Jersey conscience." Readers meet the poets almost as neighbors talking across the backyard fence about the events and issues of our day." (from back cover) A key compilation of contemporary (as of circa 1990) mid-to-late twentieth century poems from & about New Jersey, an American state with a venerable poetic tradition dating from the Revolutionary War through Whitman, Williams & beyond. Among the poets featured are Beat Generation founding father Allen Ginsberg, who was born, raised & often referred to Paterson in his works; & Amiri Baraka (formerly Leroi Jones), another Beat pioneer. With contributions by poet Joel Lewis, also the editor & writer of preface & introduction; acclaimed, prolific poet & especially novelist Joyce Carol Oates; the esteemed Herschel Silverman & many other, often less well-known but well-worth-reading poets of the Garden State. With a foreword by the great Beat-&-Beyond poet & educator Anne Waldman. This is the first trade-format softcover edition, published simultaneously with the first hardcover edition. An excellent, thoughtfully compiled & collectible anthology with an emphasis on one of America's most long-standing & important sources of poetic expression. In very fine condition with only the slightest rubbing & a few short, faint creases to glossy front, back covers & spine; miniscule amount of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same. Interior virtually pristine. Very Fine. [Item #3211]

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