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New Poems from the Third Coast

Contemporary Michigan Poetry

edited by Conrad Hilberry, Josie Kearns, and Michael Delpforeword by Donald Hall

Michigan, Poetry

Published: June 2000
ISBN: 9780814327975
Pages: 376 Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 56 b&w illus.

In 1976, Wayne State University Press published The Third Coast: Contemporary Michigan Poetry, an anthology that offered a sampling of the best poetry written by Michigan writers. A second Third Coast anthology was published in 1988 with many new poets and a wider range of styles. New Poems from the Third Coast continues that tradition with fifty-six writers from across the state sharing their poetic glimpses of trout streams, schoolrooms, and restaurants, as well as portraits of friends, families, lovers, and life in Michigan. Although this collection is only a sampling of the rich literary culture alive in Michigan, New Poems from the Third Coast is a lively, and carefully-crafted collection of poems from a variety of Michigan voices. Michael Delp, Conrad Hilberry, and Josie Kearns have balanced the old and the new and combined them in a strong contribution to contemporary poetry.

Michael Delp is the director of creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy. He is the author of numerous books, including The Coast of Nowhere; Meditations on Rivers, Lakes, and Streams (Wayne State University Press, 1997), Under the Influence of Water; Poems, Essays, and Stories (Wayne State University Press, 1992), and Over the Graves of Horses (Wayne State University Press, 1989).Conrad Hilberry is professor of English at Kalamazoo College. He is the author of Player Piano (Louisiana State University Press, 1999), Sorting the Smoke (University of Iowa Press, 1990), Luke Karamazov (Wayne State University Press, 1987), and The Moon Seen as a Slice of Pineapple (University of Georgia Press, 1984).Josie Kearns is a professor of English at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Life After the Line (Wayne State University, 1990) and New Numbers (New Issues Press, 2000).

Contributors Include:
Priscilla Atkins, Nick Bozanic, Anthony Butts, Galdys Cardiff, Michael Delp, Stuart Dybek, Nancy Eimers, Linda Nemec Foster, Nancy Fulton, Mary Jo Firth Gillett, Linda Gregerson, Robert Haight, Jim Harrison, Bob Hicok, Conrad Hilberry, Patricia Hooper, Murray Jackson, Jonathan Johnson, Arnold Johnston, Laura Kasischke, Josie Kearns, Gerald LaFemina, David Dodd Lee, Thomas Lynch, Naomi Long Madgett, Peter Markus, David Marlatt, Gail Martin, Joseph Matuzak, Kathleen McGookey, Judith Minty, Thylias Moss, Julie Moulds, William Olsen, Anne-Marie Oomen, John Palen, Miriam Pederson, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske, Susan Blackwell Ramsey, Greg Rappleye, Danny Rendleman, Jack Ridl, John Rybicki, Herbert Scott, Heather Sellers, Diane Seuss, Faith Shearin, Marc J. Sheehan, Joseph Sheltraw, Richard Thomas, Richard Tillinghast, Rodney Torreson, Robert VanderMolen, Diane Wakoski, Jan Worth, Anne Ohman Youngs

There is a nice balance between the new and the old. A lot of fresh, surprising new voices and such strong new work from many of Michigan's veteran poets. Michigan is clearly the home to some of the best poets in the country.

– Jim Daniels, Carnegie-Mellon University and author of <a href="http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/949/In-Line-for-the-Exterminator">In Line for the Exterminator</a>