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The Pushcart prize 2002 XXVI : best of the small presses
Henderson, Bill, 1941-
Twenty-sixth anniversary edition.
Publication Information:
Wainscott, N.Y. : Pushcart Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
619 pages ; 25 cm
A yearly anthology of fiction, essays and poetry from the small presses chosen by writers.
General Note:
An annual small press reader.

Includes index.
Introduction / Bill Henderson -- The cavemen in the hedges / Stacey Richter -- Narrow road to the deep north / Gary Amdahl -- Gratitude / Robert Cording -- About Tere who was in Palomas / Dagoberto Gilb -- Tomorrow's bird / Ian Frazier -- At horticulture park / Marianne Boruch -- Returning to Providence / David Plante -- Suitcase song / Albert Goldbarth -- An official reply / Ha Jim -- Grief / Pamela Painter -- My night with Philip Larkin / Rachel Loden -- The ashes of August / Kim Barnes -- Inventory / Eamon Grennan -- Semper paratus / Alyson Hagy -- Kinds of sleep / Kevin Prufer -- The secrets of bats / Jess Row -- A short history of the shadow / Charles Wright -- Hippies / Denis Johnson -- Creeley cursing in church / Rick Campbell -- The big-breasted pilgrim / Ann Beattie -- Three crows / Carol Potter -- The bad seed : a guide / Nicola Mason -- Beetles / Steve Kowit -- Khwaja Khadir / David James Duncan -- It is hard not to love the world / Jim Moore -- The mourning door / Elizabeth Graver -- In transit / John Hollander -- O lost / Thomas Wolfe -- The turning / Jeannette Barnes -- Reflections of an uncertain Jew / André Aciman -- The poet's voice / Michael S. Harper -- Melba Kuperschmid returns / Peter M. Orner -- Memory / Anthony Hecht -- Alcyone / Talvikki Ansel -- The fireman / Rick Bass -- Bike ride with older boys / Laura Kasischke.

Self and attributes / Susan Wheeler -- The thief of Tay Ninh / Kevin Bowen -- Limen / Natasha Trethewey -- Labor / Madison Smartt Bell -- Splinter / Jeff Dolven -- Bit-o-honey / Bernard Cooper -- The story of the door / David Huddle -- By a swimming pool outside Syracusa / Billy Collins -- Death as a fictitious event / Bert O. States -- Going / Daniel Hoffman -- Part of the story / Stephen Dobyns -- Pain thinks of the beautiful table / Laurie Lamon -- The price of eggs in China / Don Lee -- Memoir / Louise Glück -- Seven types of ambiguity / Dan Chaon -- I am Mrs. Lorca / Rafael Campo -- Beethoven, Monet, technology and us / Burton Raffel -- Yellow fever / Barbara Hamby -- Grafting / Mariko Nagai -- Recitation / Scott Cairns -- A little learning / Sharon Dilworth -- Archaeology / Margaret Gibson -- Blood sport / Thomas Lynch -- In praise of coldness / Jane Hirshfield -- Things not seen in a rear-view mirror / Debra Marquart -- The palace at 4:00 A.M. / Debora Greger -- Miles / Richard Burgin -- Inheritance / Kwame Dawes -- The names / Carole Maso -- Her garden / Donald Hall -- Funktionslust / Melissa Pritchard -- To the tune of a small, repeatable, and passing kindness / Carl Phillips -- The moor / Russell Banks -- The children of this land / Wole Soyinka -- Fugue / Elizabeth Alexander.
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For the year 2002 edition, The Pushcart Prize presents over sixty stunning short stories, poems, and essays selected from hundreds of small presses and literary journals with the help of over 200 distinguished contributing editors. In the long-established Pushcart tradition, this fascinating collection combines the work of today's luminaries with a host of new talents, creating a deeply rewarding assembly of diverse voices. The most-honored literary series in America, The Pushcart Prize has been named a notable book of the year by the New York Times and hailed with Pushcart Press as "among the most influential in the development of the American book business" over the past century. The Pushcart Prize has been chosen for many Book-of-the-Month Club selections, and recently its editor was named small press "person of the year" by the Small Press Association.

Author Notes

Bill Henderson is the author of "The Kid That Could", a novel, & two memoirs, "His Son" & "Her Father". He is the founder & publisher of Pushcart Press & the editor of the acclaimed Pushcart Prize series. He lives on Long Island & in Maine.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The Pushcart annual, a generous collection of the year's best poems, stories, and essays published by small presses and in literary magazines, remains dynamic and synergistic, thanks to editor and publisher Henderson's ongoing enthusiasm and sense of mission and the high literary quality of the works themselves. Henderson, essay expert Tony Brandt, fiction mavens David Means, Jack Driscoll, and Monica Hellman, and poetry judges Sherod Santos and Judith Kitchen read more than 8,000 nominations from 49 presses to choose 71 electrifying winners. Essayists include Kim Barnes, Denis Johnson, and David James Duncan, who portrays his favorite fly-fishing guide, Khwaja Khadir, an Islamic divine spirit. Ian Frazier presents a creepy little story about crows, and, to continue with the animal motif, Melissa Pritchard offers a hilarious tale about a gal named Amerylys and a young gorilla named Hilton. On the poetry front, Barbara Hamby riffs brightly on the color yellow, and Jane Hirshfield parses dispassion. This brief sampling barely hints at the wealth Henderson and company have gathered and shared. --Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Begun in 1976 and "not expected by most to endure more than a year or two," according to Henderson, the annual Pushcart Prize, "the best of the small presses," has gained stature during the past quarter-century. This new anthology of winners not only features outstanding American poems, stories and essays from the past year, but also affirms the importance of the small, independent presses that published them. This mission is all the more timely in an industry currently dominated by five "empires," according to Henderson, who predicts that "there will always be a Pushcart Prize.. The louder the media noise, the stronger we [small presses] become." In each of the three genres appear familiar names as well as relative newcomers. Wole Soyinka and Louise Gl?ck contribute moving poems, and there is a thoughtful one by Laura Kasischke on a young girl's fear of going bicycle riding with a group of boys. Ann Beattie and Russell Banks offer outstanding fiction; the less well-known Elizabeth Graver presents a haunting, absurd tale about a woman anticipating motherhood. The essays display the most stylistic variety; Denis Johnson weighs in on the Rainbow Gathering, and David Plante's theological questionings take him on an oddly comical road trip with his friend Mary Gordon. Many of the journals represented here are well-established standard bearers, such as the Paris Review, Ploughshares and the Kenyon Review. Some such as Hayden's Ferry Review may be less recognizable. Like the editors, any reader of this rich and voluminous text will be grateful to these Pushcart winners for "taking time, savoring ideas, daring to think long thoughts." (Nov. 15) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Bill Henderson
Introductionp. 9
The Cavemen in the Hedgesp. 25
Narrow Road to the Deep Northp. 42
Gratitudep. 57
About Tere Who Was in Palomasp. 59
Tomorrow's Birdp. 74
At Horticulture Parkp. 78
Returning to Providencep. 80
Suitcase Songp. 91
An Official Replyp. 93
Griefp. 110
My Night with Philip Larkinp. 120
The Ashes of Augustp. 121
Inventoryp. 138
Semper Paratusp. 140
Kinds of Sleepp. 151
The Secrets of Batsp. 153
A Short History of the Shadowp. 168
Hippiesp. 170
Creeley Cursing in Churchp. 185
The Big-Breasted Pilgrimp. 186
Three Crowsp. 224
The Bad Seed: A Guidep. 226
Beetlesp. 240
Khwaja Khadirp. 242
It is Hard not to Love the Worldp. 255
The Mourning Doorp. 256
In Transitp. 266
O Lostp. 268
The Turningp. 286
Reflections of an Uncertain Jewp. 288
The Poet's Voicep. 298
Melba Kuperschmid Returnsp. 300
Memoryp. 306
Alcyonep. 307
The Firemanp. 311
Bike Ride with Older Boysp. 328
Self and Attributesp. 330
The Thief of Tay Ninhp. 332
Limenp. 342
Laborp. 343
Splinterp. 358
Bit-O-Honeyp. 360
The Story of the Doorp. 371
By A Swimming Pool Outside Syracusap. 375
Death As a Fictitious Eventp. 377
Goingp. 387
Part of the Storyp. 388
Pain Thinks of the Beautiful Tablep. 404
The Price of Eggs in Chinap. 405
Memoirp. 428
Seven Types of Ambiguityp. 429
I Am Mrs. Lorcap. 441
Beethoven, Monet, Technology and Usp. 443
Yellow Feverp. 452
Graftingp. 454
Recitationp. 465
A Little Learningp. 467
Archaeologyp. 482
Blood Sportp. 484
In Praise of Coldnessp. 495
Things not Seen in a Rear-View Mirrorp. 497
The Palace at 4:00 A.M.p. 505
Milesp. 507
Inheritancep. 523
The Namesp. 530
Her Gardenp. 535
Funktionslustp. 536
To the Tune of a Small, Repeatable, and Passing Kindnessp. 548
The Moorp. 550
The Children of this Landp. 557
Fuguep. 559
Special Mentionp. 563
Presses Featured in the Pushcart Prize Since 1976p. 567
Contributing Small Pressesp. 573
Contributors' Notesp. 583
Indexp. 589