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Title:
Learning by heart : contemporary American poetry about school
Author:
Anderson, Maggie.
Publication Information:
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xviii, 228 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780877456629

9780877456636
Format :
Book

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Central Library PS595.E38 L4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Learning by Heart brings together a unique and diverse collection of poems about the experience of school as seen through the eyes of America's best contemporary poets. These poets capture the educational process not only in the classroom but as it takes place in libraries and hallways, on playing fields and at dances. Alternately joyous and defiant, they demonstrate how it is that young people come to find their place in the world.

Most of the poems in this anthology were written between 1970 and 1995, a period that encompasses both the halcyon years of poets-in-the-schools programs and the primary and secondary school years of many of the poets included. Their poems define school in that most contemporary sense -- with a multitude of voices -- reflecting perspectives from African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Native American as well as Anglo American backgrounds, from both public and private schools in rural and urban environments.


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