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Starting Today

100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days

By Rachel Zucker (Edited by), Arielle Greenberg (Edited by), Rita Dove (Foreword by), Elizabeth Alexander (Contributions by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 210 pages
Published In: United States, 15 April 2010
"Starting Today" contains 100 poems written during - and responding to - Barack Obama's first 100 days in office. The poems included in this anthology, except for Elizabeth Alexander's inauguration poem, were all written no more than a day before they appeared on the popular blog "Starting Today: Poems for the First 100 Days". The result is a work that documents the political and personal events of those crucial days through a variety of contemporary poetic voices, from the ebullient to the admiring, from the pithy to the loquacious. Editors Rachel Zucker and Arielle Greenberg explain in their enthusiastic introduction: 'In those jittery, pre-inaugural hours, it became clear to us that our exhilaration stemmed, in part, from the knowledge that we were not alone in our enthusiasm. We knew others felt called to action just as we were. That same afternoon we compiled an e-mail list of poets - friends, acquaintances, and folks we admire - from across the country and across generations. Could we get one hundred poets to commit to writing a new poem during the first one hundred carefully watched days of the new presidency? And could we get them to respond overnight, so that our project would coincide with Barack Obama beginning his job? Yes, we could! Poets wrote back immediately and with gusto'. Difficult to categorize but easy to enjoy, the poems in "Starting Today" offer something for every type of poetry reader, from the novice to the seasoned. This smart, timely collection offers a swirling portrait of the American Zeitgeist - a poetic reportage that demonstrates spontaneity, collaboration, immediacy, and accessibility.

About the Author

Rachel Zucker is the author of four books of poetry, including Museum of Accidents and The Bad Wife Handbook, and is coeditor, with Arielle Greenberg, of Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (IOWA 2008). She teaches poetry, is a certified labor doula, and is studying to become a childbirth educator. Arielle Greenberg is the author of My Kafka Century and Given and coeditor of the forthcoming Gurlesque, with Lara Glenum. She is an associate professor at Columbia College - Chicago.

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"I love this idea, and I love these poems. The poem-a-day breeziness of the work is instructive not only to poets but also to cultural and academic critics, and "Starting Today" will be an important cultural and historical document. The editors cast a wide net when considering poets for this project and then trusted the poets themselves to come up with quality work. In doing so, they have accomplished something amazing. Obama is known for assembling strong teams--and the editors have done this as well. The poets, representing various schools, approach their poetry 'assignment' with vigor, intelligence, and wit."--Denise Duhamel, author, "Ka-Ching!" and "Two and Two" I love this idea, and I love these poems. The poem-a-day breeziness of the work is instructive not only to poets but also to cultural and academic critics, and "Starting Today" will be an important cultural and historical document. The editors cast a wide net when considering poets for this project and then trusted the poets themselves to come up with quality work. In doing so, they have accomplished something amazing. Obama is known for assembling strong teams and the editors have done this as well. The poets, representing various schools, approach their poetry assignment with vigor, intelligence, and wit. Denise Duhamel, author, "Ka-Ching!" and "Two and Two"" "I love this idea, and I love these poems. The poem-a-day breeziness of the work is instructive not only to poets but also to cultural and academic critics, and "Starting Today" will be an important cultural and historical document. The editors cast a wide net when considering poets for this project and then trusted the poets themselves to come up with quality work. In doing so, they have accomplished something amazing. Obama is known for assembling strong teams--and the editors have done this as well. The poets, representing various schools, approach their poetry 'assignment' with vigor, intelligence, and wit."--Denise Duhamel, author, "Ka-Ching!" and "Two and Two"

EAN: 9781587298714
ISBN: 1587298716
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Dimensions: 22.76 x 15.54 x 1.3 centimetres (0.19 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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