Poems of the American West

Poems of the American West

Book - 2002
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Random House, Inc.
In this provocative and thoughtful anthology, many voices join in illuminating the remarkably vast and varied American West. The verse collected here ranges from American Indian tribal poems to old folk songs like “The Streets of Laredo,” from country-western lyrics to the work of such foreign poets as Bertolt Brecht and Zbigniew Herbert. Here is the West in all its rich variety–the harsh life of farms and ranches; man’s destructive invasion into forest and desert solitudes; the bars and bistros of San Francisco and Hollywood; Pacific surf and endless highways; the ghost towns, the poverty, and the legendary world of cowpunchers and gunslingers.

From Robert Frost’s “Once by the Pacific” to Charles Bukowski’s “Vegas,” from Fred Koller’s “Lone Star State of Mind” to Thom Gunn’s “San Francisco Streets”–the West is evoked in all its incarnations, both actual and mythic.

Baker & Taylor
A richly diverse collection of poetry celebrates the American West in an anthology that includes folk songs, Native American poems, country-western lyrics, and poems by American and foreign authors on the Old West, featuring such works as Robert Frost's "Once by the Pacific," "Vegas" by Charles Bukowski, and Nanci Griffith's "Lone Star State of Mind." 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780375414596
Branch Call Number: 811 POEMS
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 17 cm
Additional Contributors: Mezey, Robert
Notes: "This is a Borzoi Book"--Title page verso


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