|About the Book|
In the U.S. literary world, critics and scholars of poetry forever move in circles around a few sacred beings: Shakespeare, Keats, Poe, Blake, Byron, Whitman, Shelley, and T. S. Eliot. Even among our women poets there are three Empresses---Dickinson,MoreIn the U.S. literary world, critics and scholars of poetry forever move in circles around a few sacred beings: Shakespeare, Keats, Poe, Blake, Byron, Whitman, Shelley, and T. S. Eliot. Even among our women poets there are three Empresses---Dickinson, Moore, and Plath---who beguile countless eager academic courtiers to their thrones. Sadly, it was Plaths early death by suicide that won her great devotion. But it is no more odd than the fact that their prestige has kept the great achievements of our mainstream lyrical women poets unrecognized, stifled, and hidden from readers eyes. Even the few women lyricists w ho remain in print---such as Millay, H.D., and Bogan---appear in demeaning printed versions with everything they wrote being stuffed between two covers with no regard for assessing the poems quality and no help from sympathetic editors. Conversely, in selections of their poetry, only the most academic verses are chosen to represent their poetry.Covering the period from Emily Dickinson to the present day, this anthology collects all our classic women poets in one volume for the first time. It proposes that their best poems have a value different from but equal to the writings of the most admired poets. With a few exceptions, the eighteen poets included are represented by coherent sequences of poems that develop lines of thought and display the poets stylistic brilliance. Part Four consists of critical-biographical essays on these women. These incorporate extensive biobliographies, which enhance the books value as a reference tool.Though many of these poets volumes are out of print, and most of them are unknown even to the most literate readers, these women belong at the center of American literature, masters of their art who contributed unique insights into the human experience.ContentsPart One: PenumbraEdith Thomas (1854-1925)Lizette Reese (1856-1935)Anna H. Branch (1875-1937)Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)Part Two: Bright SunlightAmy Lowell (1874-1925)Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)H.D. (1886-1961)Marianne Moore (1887-1972)Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)Elinor Wylie (1885-1928)Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)Louise Bogan (1897-1970)Part Three: New Heavens for OldLeonie Adams (1899-1988)May Swenson (1913-1989)Anne Sexton (1928-1974)Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)Maxine Kumin (born 1925)Gwendolyn Brooks (born 1917)After receiving a Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin, Glenn Richard Ruihley began teaching in the English Department at Eastern Michigan University. His principal interest has been the period of poetic revival and experiment that began in 1912, in particular the women poets of that period who explore the inner life and spirituality. He is also the author of August Ruihley: A Private History.