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The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to…

The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary

by Emanuel Di Pasquale

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0963290681, Hardcover)

Jersey Shore Publications, the publisher of beautiful books about New Jersey, is pleased to announce the publication of its newest title, The Poets of New Jersey.

Celebrating sixty-five extraordinary poets who have lived and worked in New Jersey, from Colonial times to the present, many of the poets included in this anthology are among America's finest. Stephen Dunn, the Pulitzer Prize poet, originally from Port Republic, writes the Foreword; X. J. Kennedy, the renowned poet, originally from Dover (whose comprehensive text, Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama, has taught generations of college students), writes the Introduction.

The three editors, Emanuel di Pasquale from Long Branch, Frank Finale from Bayville, and Sander Zulauf from Andover, all poets themselves, had one simple criterion in compiling the works: they "wanted to hear the pure, clear words of the poets who have called this place home." They were interested in the sum of poetic greatness distilled from life in this state—the poetry New Jersey poets have written, whether New Jersey oriented or not.

The editors reached back to the earliest poets, including Philip Freneau, the Revolutionary War's "Father of American Poetry" from Freehold; Walt Whitman, the "revolutionizer" of poetry from Camden; and Stephen Crane, the poet from Newark who bridged the realists to the moderns. They included three key figures of modernism, William Carlos Williams of Rutherford, Marianne Moore of Chatham, and Kenneth Burke of Andover, as well as their direct descendants—the poets of the Beat Generation—Allen Ginsberg from Paterson and Amiri Baraka from Newark. New Jersey's three other current Pulitzer Prize poets, Yusef Komunyakaa, C. K. Williams, and Paul Muldoon, all of Princeton, are also included.

The result is a beautiful book of poetry for the ages. As X. J. Kennedy writes in his Introduction, "Without New Jersey, the world today would be darker and quieter; and contemporary American poetry, inconceivable."


Featuring poems by 65 New Jersey poets, including:
A. R. Ammons • Kenneth Burke • Stephen Crane • Stephen Dobyns • Stephen Dunn • Philip Freneau • Allen Ginsberg • X. J. Kennedy • Joyce Kilmer • Yusef Komunyakaa • Maxine Kumin • Denise Levertov • Timothy Liu • W. S. Merwin • Marianne Moore • Paul Muldoon • Joyce Carol Oates • Dorothy Parker • Robert Pinsky • David Shapiro • Gerald Stern • Theodore Weiss • Richard Wilbur • Walt Whitman • C. K. Williams • William Carlos Williams • Elinor Wylie


Our books are beautifully printed and bound, with many features not found in most books...

• Superbly printed on archival quality, acid-neutral paper that will not yellow with time
• The hardcover edition's kidskin embossed Kivar 7 case is environmentally friendly and adds a classic look of elegance, smoothness, and softness as well as an unmatched durability with resistance to scuffing and cracking, increasing its value to bibliophiles for years to come
• The softcover edition's cover includes extended panel flaps which preserve the information, look, and integrity of the hardcover edition
• On both editions, precious gold type and accents are stamped on the covers and spine (as well as the case of the hardcover edition) adding distinctive, classic beauty
• Luxurious, raised embossed dust jacket (on the hardcover edition) and cover (on the softcover edition)
• The hardcover edition's binding is Smyth Sewn and inspected at every stage, ensuring strength and durability throughout the years

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:05 -0400)

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