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Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America

University of Iowa Press

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ISBN 10: 0877457913 / ISBN 13: 9780877457916
Published by University of Iowa Press, 2002
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Title: Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in ...

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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From Waco to Columbine, from Oklahoma City to New York City, from domestic abuse and drive-by shootings to religious fanaticism and acts of terrorism, the poems in Like Thunder are for those who have perished and those who have survived. More than 140 poems by 120 poets focus, in the editors' words, on "the violence in the news, the violence in our schools, the violence in our homes, as well as the violence in our own minds."

The poets gathered here articulate terror and suffering but also present images of hope and redemption; they write of individual menaces and individual victims and the melding of the two that potentially exists in everyone. By transforming horrifying details into larger truths, they create a poetry of witness, of survival, and of remembrance.

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Virgil Suárez is professor of creative writing at Florida State University and author of, most recently, the poetry collection Banyan, published by Louisiana State University Press. The editor of Contemporary American Poetry: Behind the Scenes, Ryan Van Cleave is assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. Together they are the editors of American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement (Iowa, 2001).

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