THE PUSHCART PRIZE XVII: Best of the Small Presses, 1992 - 1993.

(Rios, Alberto Alvarez, and Gary Soto, signed) Bill Henderson, Bill, editor.

ISBN 10: 0916366774 / ISBN 13: 9780916366773
Published by Wainscott, New York: Pushcart Press, (1992.) dj
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. An annual anthology of essays, short stories and poems, selected from small literary journals across America - a reflection of the diversity and excellence to be found in offbeat publications from across the United States. SIGNED by two contributors: by Rios at his story "The Other League of Nations" and by Gary Soto at his poem "The Wrestler's Heart." Also includes fiction from Janet Peery, Ha Jin, Stephen Barthelme, Alexander Theroux; poetry from Eavan Boland, Hayden Carruth, Louise Gluck, Gary Young, Carol Muske, C. K. Williams; nonfiction from Philip Levine, William H. Gass, Sigrid Nunez and much more - including "Glimpses: Raymond Carver" with comments from Maryann Carver, Douglas Unger, William Kittredge, Richard Ford, Tobias Wolfe and others. List of special mentions, brief notes on the author, and index to the first 17 volumes. 570 pp. Very good+ in very good dust jacket (short closed tear to front cover of dj.). Bookseller Inventory # 39266

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Title: THE PUSHCART PRIZE XVII: Best of the Small ...

Publisher: Wainscott, New York: Pushcart Press, (1992.) dj

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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An anthology of short fiction from America's alternative literary presses features a variety of short stories, poems, and essays selected from the thousands read by small press editors.

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Now in its late teenage, Pushcart's pulse seems to need a jolt. Maybe it's unavoidable. The little magazines it chooses to reprint from are beleaguered from without (no money from their protecting institutions) as well as from within (their increasingly timid Workshop- style poetry and prose). Add to this the comically Kremlin-like apparat that gleans and winnows Pushcart's selections--a three-page list of editors, contributing editors, roving, and special, and managing editors- -plus the clubby in-grouping (in this year's edition there's both a poem about and a mosaical memoir of Raymond Carver!)--and you approach something that techies call system-stress. The poetry here is quiescent, bladeless--and almost all by the same old names. The fiction's somewhat better--yet here also only three voices really ring out engagingly: Francine Prose's in ``Rubber Life''; Lydia Davis's (the ever-increasing comic economy of her melancholy) in ``Four Stories''; and newcomer Karen Minton's, with a really terrifying imaginative proposal about an earthquake along the New Madrid fault, in ``Like Hands on a Cave Wall.'' But it's an essay, Mary Karr's sensible, vigorous skewering of neo-formalist poetry, ``Against Decoration,'' that stands above everything else here. In the shadows of its strong profile, most of the rest of ``the best'' looks barely good enough. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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