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Pushcart prize XXVII : best of the small presses
Henderson, Bill, 1941-
Publication Information:
Wainscott, N.Y. : Pushcart Press ; New York, N.Y. : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., [2003]

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632 pages ; 24 cm
A yearly anthology of fiction, essays and poetry from the small presses chosen by writers.
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Includes index.
Introduction / Bill Henderson -- Everything ravaged, everything burned / Wells Tower -- The limit / Christian Wiman -- The lace maker / Carl Dennis -- Scordatura / Mark Ray Lewis -- How to meditate / Brenda Miller -- The sensual world / Louise Gluck -- Lunch at the Blacksmith / Cornelia Nixon -- To be honest / Jeffrey A. Lockwood -- The past / Chris Forhan -- The Mandelbrot set / Janet Burroway -- Camp Cedar Crest / Alexander Theroux -- From the psalter / Jennifer Atkinson -- Casualidades / Carolyn Alessio -- Solatium -- Philip D. Beidler -- The church of omnivorous light / Robert Wrigley -- House of stone and song / Margaret Gibson -- The pass / Steve Almond -- Line / John Hales -- The beauties of nature / Mary Jo Bang -- Ode to the air traffic controller / Joshua Beckman -- The lives of strangers / Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni -- Traveling with my mother / Katherine Taylor -- Prayer against the experts and their ways / Paul Maliszewski -- The part of the bee's body embedded in the flesh / Carol Frost -- I demand to know where you're taking me / Dan Chaon -- Ginkgo tree / Tom Crawford -- The master of Delft / Aleksandr Kushner -- Cock robin / Miranda Field -- Amazing grace / Bradford Morrow -- Heat waves in winter distance / James Galvin -- The road to Rome, and back again / Michael Palma -- The least you need to know about radio / Ben Marcus -- Cord / Linda Gregerson -- On the nature of human romantic interaction / Karl Iagnemma -- Night train / Ted Genoways.

Fields of mercy / Ladette Randolph -- The woman who hated Valentine's Day / Susan Hahn -- The worst degree of unforgivable / Nicholas Montemarano -- The hickeys on Sally Palermo's neck: some thoughts on beauty and the creative life / Andrea Hollander Budy -- Two variations on a theme by Stevens / Sarah Manguso -- Pilgrims / Julie Orringer -- Red berries / Jane Hirshfield -- Where the dog is buried / Gary Gildner -- Book / Robert Pinsky -- Candace counts soup / Nancy Lord -- (My lot to spin the purple: that the tabernacle should be made) / D.A. Powell -- Sister Carrie at 101 / Joseph Epstein -- He writes to the soul / Christopher Howell -- Dangerous discoveries / Melanie Rae Thon -- In the cafe / Grace Schulman -- Yangban / Junse Kim -- from The lightning field / Carol Moldaw -- Jinx / Aimee Bender -- Autumn in the yard we planted / Ellen Bryant Voigt -- The instructor / Joyce Carol Oates -- Cloud atlas / Donald Platt -- Landscape with bees / David Young -- Cabeza / Monique De Varennes -- For a Chinese poet writing through the night up on the edge of Mt. Pollux / Dara Wier -- Autochthonic song / Rebecca Seiferle -- Sonnet / Karen Volkman -- Heron / William Wenthe -- Off Island / Michael Parker -- Killing salmon / Matt Yurdana -- A working boy's Whitman / George Evans -- The weight / Richard Bausch.
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For the 2003 edition, The Pushcart Prize presents scores of brilliant short stories, poems, and essays selected from hundreds of presses and literary journals with the help of over 200 distinguished contributing editors. This is a stunning presentation of new and celebrated authors, picked from almost 8,000 nominations.

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 3

Booklist Review

Winning a Pushcart Prize has become a rite of passage in American literary life as each set of prizewinners nominates the next, and, accordingly, the annual volume has evolved into a vibrant exhibition of adventurous yet meticulously crafted writing, a best-of-the-year extravaganza that makes readily available in one place a wealth of otherwise scattered small-press offerings. The coeditors this time around include two outstanding poets, Pattiann Rogers and Carl Phillips, and this diverse and high-energy anthology of poetry, essays, and fiction achieves a particularly satisfying mix of established and new writers. Among the former are Chitra Divakaruni, Linda Gregerson, Melanie Rae Thon, Karen Volkman, Dan Chaon, Richard Bausch, and Robert Pinsky. New voices include poet Matt Yurdana; Katherine Taylor, author of a painfully funny memoir, "Traveling with Mother"; Karl Iagnemma, a research scientist whose work shapes his short story, "On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction"; and Carolyn Alessio, author of "Casualidades," a beautifully resonant and redemptive story. And we could go on, happily naming all 67 contributors. ^-Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Scouring small magazines and presses for the best of the year's fiction, poetry and nonfiction, Henderson offers up his longest collection yet. Though length and quality are not directly correlated-a substantial number of navel-gazing short stories might easily have been eliminated-several gems crop up in the rough. Two of the best pieces are personal essays inspired by their authors' unusual jobs. In "Line," John Hale describes how his experiences as a surveyor changed his way of seeing things; Jeffrey A. Lockwood's "To Be Honest" is a cheeky account of an entomologist's efforts to offer agricultural justification for the mass murder of grasshoppers by the application of pesticides and the introduction of "natural" enemies. Some of the standout stories include "Cabeza" by Monique de Varennes, in which the housewife protagonist buys a pig's head at the market and leaves it in the refrigerator for days, disturbing her family, and Karl Iagnemma's "On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction," a mathematically precise love story set on a frigidly cold Michigan campus ("What a world!... where a failed engineer with a crooked nose can skate couples with a syrup-haired woman who smells archival"). It is the excitement of discovering promising new writers that draws most readers to the Pushcart, but several better-known names appear here as well, including Joyce Carol Oates, Louise Gl ck, Mary Jo Bang, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Bradford Morrow, Ben Marcus, Robert Pinsky, Melanie Rae Thon, Aimee Bender and Richard Bausch. Though tougher standards might have produced a smoother selection, there is much to appreciate in this 27th annual collection. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Having edited the Pushcart Prize since its inception in 1976, Henderson is joined this year by poetry editors Pattiann Rogers and Carl Phillips. Together they have selected 67 works of poetry and prose, both memoirs and fiction, culled from small American magazines and presses, most of which are quite engaging. For instance, Cornelia Nixon's "Lunch at the Blacksmith" (from Ploughshares) tells the full-circle story of a Harvard graduate student who, abandoned by her best friend from college, returns over and over to the eponymous restaurant in search of female friendship. Joseph Epstein's "Sister Carrie at 101" (from the Hudson Review) is a revisitation to Theodore Dreiser and his place in the modern canon. Also included are lists of contributing small presses, a list of works not included but meriting special mention, and "Contributors' Notes," which gives single-sentence summaries of the authors' accomplishments and publications. While it might surprise readers to find several better-known authors here, it should be noted that the aim of Pushcart is to showcase small presses rather than the authors themselves, and this it does very well. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-Felicity D. Walsh, Saint Anselm Coll., Manchester, NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Bill HendersonWells TowerChristian WimanCarl DennisMark Ray LewisBrenda MillerLouise GluckCornelia NixonJeffrey A. LockwoodChris ForhanJanet BurrowayAlexander TherouxJennifer AtkinsonCarolyn AlessioPhilip D. BeidlerRobert WrigleyMargaret GibsonSteve AlmondJohn HalesMary Jo BangJoshua BeckmanChitra Banerjee DivakaruniKatherine TaylorPaul MaliszewskiCarol FrostDan ChaonTom CrawfordAleksandr KushnerMiranda FieldBradford MorrowJames GalvinMichael PalmaBen MarcusLinda GregersonKarl IagnemmaTed GenowaysLadette RandolphSusan HahnNicholas MontemaranoAndrea Hollander BudySarah MangusoJulie OrringerJane HirshfieldGary GildnerRobert PinskyNancy LordD. A. PowellJoseph EpsteinChristopher HowellMelanie Rae ThonGrace SchulmanJunse KimCarol MoldawAimee BenderEllen Bryant VoigtJoyce Carol OatesDonald PlattDavid YoungMonique De VarennesDara WierRebecca SeiferleKaren VolkmanWilliam WentheMichael ParkerMatt YurdanaGeorge EvansRichard Bausch
Introductionp. 9
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (fiction)p. 23
The Limit (memoir)p. 39
The Lace Maker (poem)p. 51
Scordatura (fiction)p. 53
How to Meditate (memoir)p. 69
The Sensual World (poem)p. 78
Lunch at the Blacksmith (fiction)p. 80
To be Honest (memoir)p. 99
The Past (poem)p. 109
The Mandelbrot Set (fiction)p. 111
Camp Cedar Crest (memoir)p. 125
From the Psalter (poem)p. 133
Casualidades (fiction)p. 134
Solatium (essay)p. 142
The Church of Omnivorous Light (poem)p. 152
House of Stone and Song (poem)p. 154
The Pass (fiction)p. 159
Line (memoir)p. 170
The Beauties of Nature (poem)p. 191
Ode to the Air Traffic Controller (poem)p. 193
The Lives of Strangers (fiction)p. 195
Traveling with Mother (memoir)p. 215
Prayer Against the Experts and Their Ways (fiction)p. 223
The Part of the Bee's Body Embedded in the Flesh (poem)p. 226
I Demand to Know where You're Taking me (fiction)p. 227
Ginkgo Tree (poem)p. 249
The Master of Delft (essay)p. 251
Cock Robin (poem)p. 274
Amazing Grace (fiction)p. 275
Heat Waves in Winter Distance (poem)p. 293
The Road to Rome, and Back Again (memoir)p. 294
The Least you Need to Know about Radio (fiction)p. 300
Cord (poem)p. 305
On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction (fiction)p. 308
Night Train (poem)p. 325
Fields of Mercy (memoir)p. 327
The Woman Who Hated Valentine's Day (poem)p. 337
The Worst Degree of Unforgivable (fiction)p. 338
The Hickeys on Sally Palermo's Neck: Some Thoughts on Beauty and the Creative Life (memoir)p. 348
Two Variations on a Theme by Stevens (poem)p. 360
Pilgrims (fiction)p. 362
Red Berries (poem)p. 378
Where the Dog is Buried (memoir)p. 380
Book (poem)p. 405
Candace Counts Coup (fiction)p. 407
(My Lot to Spin the Purple: That the Tabernacle Should be Made) (poem)p. 418
Sister Carrie at 101 (essay)p. 421
He Writes to the Soul (poem)p. 439
Dangerous Discoveries (memoir)p. 441
In the Cafe (poem)p. 447
Yangban (fiction)p. 448
from the Lightning Field (poem)p. 463
Jinx (fiction)p. 467
Autumn in the Yard We Planted (poem)p. 470
The Instructor (fiction)p. 471
Cloud Atlas (poem)p. 501
Landscape with Bees (poem)p. 505
Cabeza (fiction)p. 509
For a Chinese Poet Writing Through the Night up on the Edge of Mt. Pollux (poem)p. 521
Autochthonic Song (poem)p. 522
Sonnet (poem)p. 525
Heron (poem)p. 526
Off Island (fiction)p. 528
Killing Salmon (poem)p. 538
A Working Boy's Whitman (memoir)p. 540
The Weight (fiction)p. 562
Special Mentionp. 579
Presses Featured in the Pushcart Prize Editions Since 1976p. 583
Contributing Small Pressesp. 589
Contributors' Notesp. 598
Indexp. 601