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The Year of the Green Wave

Cutler, Bruce, and Shapiro, Karl (Introduction by)

ISBN 10: 125841841X / ISBN 13: 9781258418410
Published by University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 1960
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Glued binding. xii, [2], 64, [2] p. Introduction by Karp Shapiro. From a 2001 newspaper obituary posted on-line: "Bruce Cutler, 70, an American poet who wrote narrative long poems on subjects ranging from the settling of the American frontier to gangs in Chicago. His first book, "The Year of the Green Wave, " was published in 1960 and was followed over the next 40 years by a dozen more. His "The Massacre at Sand Creek" told the story of the massacre of hundreds of Cheyenne by the U.S. Cavalry. Published in 1995 and nominated for a National Book Award, the poem explained the attack from several points of view including the officer who led the assault, an officer who refused to let his men fire on the Indians and the Cheyenne themselves. Born in Evanston, Ill., Cutler was a conscientious objector to military service in the early 1950s and, after a legal challenge, performed alternate service in Mexico and El Salvador. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Cutler taught English at Wichita State, where he founded the school's creative writing program. Cutler's last book, "At War With Mexico: A Fictional Mosaic, " came out a week before his death on March 24 in Santa Cruz of complications from kidney cancer." Poems in this volume first appears in periodicals such as THe Antioc Review, Canadian Forum, Kansas Magazine, etc. From Wikipedia: "Karl Jay Shapiro (November 10, 1913 May 14, 2000) was an American poet. He was appointed the fifth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1946. Karl Shapiro was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the University of Virginia before World War II, and immortalized it in a scathing poem called "University, " which noted that "to hate the Negro and avoid the Jew is the curriculum." He did not return after his military service. Karl Shapiro, a stylish writer with a commendable regard for his craft, wrote poetry in the Pacific Theater while he served there during World War II. His collection V-Letter and Other Poems, written while Shapiro was stationed in New Guinea, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1945, while Shapiro was still in the military. Shapiro was American Poet Laureate in 1946 and 1947. (At the time this title was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress which was changed by Congress in 1985 to Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. ) Poems from his earlier books display a mastery of formal verse with a modern sensibility that viewed such topics as automobiles, house flies, and drug stores as worthy of attention. In his later work, he experimented with more open forms, beginning with The Bourgeois Poet (1964) and continuing with White-Haired Lover (1968). The influences of Walt Whitman, D. H. Lawrence, W. H. Auden and William Carlos Williams were evident in his work. Shapiro's interest in formal verse and prosody led to his writing multiple books on the subject including the long poem Essay on Rime (1945), A Bibliography of Modern Prosody (1948), and A Prosody Handbook (with Robert Beum, 1965; reissued 2006). His Selected Poems appeared in 1968. Shapiro also published one novel, Edsel (1971) and a three-part autobiography simply titled, "Poet" (1988 1990). Shapiro edited the prestigious magazine, Poetry for several years, and he was a professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he edited Prairie Schooner, and at the University of California, Davis, from which he retired in the mid-1980s. His other works include Person, Place and Thing (1942), (with Ernst Lert) the libretto to Hugo Weisgall's opera The Tenor (1950), To Abolish Children (1968), and The Old Horsefly (1993). Shapiro received the 1969 Bollingen Prize for Poetry, sharing the award that year with John Berryman. He died in New York City, aged 86, on May 14, 2000." Good. Signed by previous owner. Cover has wear and soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 68097

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Title: The Year of the Green Wave

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE

Publication Date: 1960

Binding: Wraps

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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Bruce Cutler was the founder and director of the Creative Writing Program and the Adele Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Wichita State University until 1987. He now lives in Santa Cruz, California. Among his many books are Dark Fire, The Doctrine of Selective Depravity, and A West Wind Rises.

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