American poetry has been shaped and deeply influenced by the wealth of female voices that have contributed to its originality and vivacity through the years. From the colonial era's Phillis Wheatley to the new voices of the 21 st century, this volume surveys the ongoing contributions and critical legacy of the United States' diverse women poets. This indispensible collection of critical essays highlights the prominent American women poets who have made an impact on the genre. American Women Poets includes an introduction from literary scholarly Harold Bloom, a chronology, a bibliography, and an index.
ContentsGwendolyn Brooks : an essential sanity / Henry Taylor
"Never having had you, I cannot let you go" : Sharon Olds's poems of a father-daughter relationship / Brian Dillon
Rita Dove : identity markers / Helen Vendler
New dreaming : Joy Harjo, Wendy Rose, Leslie Marmon Silko / Jeanne Perreault
Louise Glück's nine lives / James Longenbach
And this poem recognizes that : embracing contrarieties in the poetry of Nikki Giovanni / Virginia C. Fowler
Maya Angelou on the inaugural stage / Zofia Burr
Black names in white space : Lucille Clifton's south / Hilary Holladay
Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, and the allure of incest / Gale Swiontkowski
Drifting in the weeds of heaven : Mary Oliver and the poetics of the immeasurable / Rose Lucas
Adrienne Rich's anti-confessional poetics / Jane Hedley.
|Series||Bloom's modern critical views.|
-- Women authors
-- History and criticism.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Women in literature.
|Publisher|| New York :Bloom's Literary Criticism,2011
vii, 245 pages ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-234) and index.