Real Things

Real Things

An Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry
Edited by Susan Swartwout and Jim Elledge
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/22/1999
Format: Paperback 3 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21229-0
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What a great premise for an anthology! And it succeeds, both in its celebration of our crazy culture and its fascinating analysis, through the poems, of popular myths that have stood the test of time." —Kliatt

In the past few decades, poetry about and around popular culture has become a very hip contemporary art form. Real Things is a collection of over 150 poems by more than 130 poets who themselves represent the cultural diversity of the United States. With subjects ranging from the influence of Mickey Mouse on child-raising to the relationship of Barbie to sex in America, from the societal effects of the movie Psycho to our fascination with dirty politics and Ralph Kramden, the poems in this anthology question and celebrate the attitudes that our society shares.

Author Bio

Among JIM ELLEDGE’s ten books are four collections of his poetry, most recently Into the Arms of the Universe which won the 1995 Stonewall competition for gay and lesbian poets; four volumes of literary criticism; and Sweet Nothings: An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry, also published by Indiana University Press. Professor of English at Illinois State University, he teaches in that department’s creative writing program and is director/editor of Thorngate Road, a press.
Susan Swartwout is Assistant Professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University where she teaches creative writing and literature. She also serves on the editorial staff of The Cape Rock and advises the student literary magazine, Journey. Her two collections of poetry are entitled Freaks and Uncommon Ground, and she has poems published in literary journals such as Nebraska Review, The Cape Rock, Mississippi Review, Negative Capability, and Spoon River Poetry Review.

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“"What a great premise for an anthology! And it succeeds, both in its celebration of our crazy culture and its fascinating analysis, through the poems, of popular myths that have stood the test of time." —Kliatt In the past few decades, poetry about and around popular culture has become a very hip contemporary art form. Real Things is a collection of over 150 poems by more than 130 poets who themselves represent the cultural diversity of the United States. With subjects ranging from the influence of Mickey Mouse on child-raising to the relationship of Barbie to sex in America, from the societal effects of the movie Psycho to our fascination with dirty politics and Ralph Kramden, the poems in this anthology question and celebrate the attitudes that our society shares. ”

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Table of Contents

A Sampling of the Contents

June Jordan, Mid-Year Report: For Haruko
Jonathan Holden, Why We Bombed Haiphong
Katharyn Howd Machan, No, Superman Was Not the Only One
Rafael Campo, Superman Is Dead
Kathleen de Azevedo, Famous Women—Claudette Colbert
Susan Swartwout, The Gypsy Teaches Her Grandchild Wolfen Ways
Edward Field, The Bride of Frankenstein
William Trowbridge, Kong Breaks a Leg at the William Morris Agency
David Wojahn, Francis Ford Coppola and Anthropologist Interpreter Teaching Gartewienna Tribesmen to Sing "Light My Fire," Philippine Jungle, 1978
Chrystos, Soap Bubbles
Joseph Like, James Dean & the Pig
Frank O'Hara, Four Little Elegies
Sharon Olds, The Death of Marilyn Monroe
Judy Grahn, [I have come to claim / Marilyn Monroe's body]
Dennis Cooper, From "Some Adventures of John Kennedy, Jr."
Jim Elledge, The Man I Love and I Have a Typical Evening the Night Richard M. Nixon Dies
William Trowbridge, Viet Kong
Ai, Blue Suede Shoes
Maureen Seaton, A Story of Stonewall
David Lehman, The Difference Between Pepsi and Coke
Martin Espada, Coca-Cola and Coco Frio
Marge Piercy, Barbie Doll
Daniel Mark Epstein, Mannequins
Rita Dove, After Reading Mickey in the Night Kitchen for the Third Time Before Bed
Maxine Chernoff, Breasts
Julia Alvarez, Against Cinderella
Olga Broumas, Rapunzel
Katharyn Howd Machan, Hazel Tells LaVerne
Robin Becker, Peter Pan in North America
Audre Lorde, The Day They Eulogized Mahalia
Juan Felipe Herrera, Iowa Blues Bar Spiritual
Timothy Liu, Echoes
Jonathan Holden, Liberace
Joy Harjo, We Encounter Nat King Cole as We Invent the Future
Marilyn Hacker, Mythology
Gary Soto, Dizzy Girls in the Sixties
Jan-Mitchell Sherrill, Woodstock
Pedro Pietri, The First Rock and Roll Song of 1970
Maureen Seaton, Blonde Ambition
Pamela Stewart, Punk Pantoum
Paula Gunn Allen, Teaching Poetry at Votech High, Santa Fe, the Week John Lenn