PUSHCART PRIZE XXII continues as a testament to the flourishing of American literature in our small presses. This new edition celebrates over 60 stories, essays, and poems from dozens of little magazines and small presses. Contributing editors include Joyce Carol Oates, Andre Dubus, Rick Bass, Naomi Shihab Nye, and many others.PUSHCART PRIZE XXII continues as a testament to the flourishing of American literature in our small presses. This new edition celebrates over 60 stories, essays, and poems from dozens of little magazines and small presses. Contributing editors include Joyce Carol Oates, Andre Dubus, Rick Bass, Naomi Shihab Nye, and many others.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 1998-09-07 This generous collection of 69 pieces gathers quality writing from small presses and literary journals. Several of the best stories, poems and essays focus on child-parent relationships. Francine Prose's essay, "The Old Morgue," lovingly recalls a fascinating, if occasionally ghoulish, childhood spent in the company of her father, a pathologist. In Meg Wolitzer's short story, "Tea at the House," the daughter of a psychiatrist at an asylum struggles to distinguish between madness and normal adolescent confusion. Jeffrey Eugenides poignantly captures the natural erosion of aging in "Timeshare," examining a grown son's tentative bond with his father, a haplessly optimistic entrepreneur. Stuart Dybek's story, "Blowing Shades," finds sensual, image-driven grace in a mother's not-quite-secret affair with a younger man. Kimiko Hahn's gorgeous and compelling poem, "Sewing Without Mother: A Zuihitsu," considers loss and the nature of grieving. On a different tack, Patricia Hampl's "The Bill Collector's Vacation" unveils a world of complexity in the bland microcosm of two strangers waiting for their credit union to open one morning. Hemingway's classic short story "In Another Country" is the subject of Andre Dubus's essay, in which he chronicles his 30-year relationship with that particular story and pays eloquent tribute to the transformative power of literature. Philip Levine's "Two Journeys" could be a companion piece, with its incisive and very personal exploration of what it means to be a writer. Martin Espada's poem, "Thanksgiving," brings fresh, sardonic perspective to bear on American tradition. There are also poems of note by Marilyn Hacker, William Matthews, Laura Kasischke, Pattiann Rogers and Carol Muske. In his introduction, Henderson describes the anthology as "our annual celebration." There is indeed much to celebrate here, not the least of which is the vitality and creativity displayed by smaller presses nationwide. (Nov.)
Publishers Weekly, 1997-09-08 This predictably generous and diverse collection of poetry, essays and fiction features work from up-and-coming talent as well as from such familiar names as Gordon Lish, Charles Simic, Kenneth Koch and (represented by an early story) Flannery O'Connor. Of particular note are penetrating meditations on race in America. These include Japanese academic Sylvia Watanabe's essay about encountering bigotry both subtle and overt as she moves from job to job, state to state; James Alan McPherson's essay "Umbilicus," about the black author's unsettling encounter with seemingly well-intentioned men after his car breaks down; and sturdy fiction from Junot Diaz and Percival Everett. Other work embraces the outr?, as in Julia Slavin's startling "Dentaphilia," in which a man watches teeth slowly sprout all over his girlfriend's body, and Elizabeth Gilbert's assured and astonishing portrait of a bizarrely paranoid man in "The Famous Torn and Restored Lit Cigarette Trick." Rewarding, too, are the epiphanic stories such as "Oxygen," in which Ron Carlson narrates a college boy's capitulation to callous selfishness, and Gerald Shapiro's "The Twelve Plagues," in which an urbane, ironic painter comes to wonder if he is too sophisticated for his own good. Of particular note among the poets' contributions are Charles Simic's autobiographical essay about his "New York Days, 1958-1964"; Charles Baxter's essay, "Rhyming Action," about poetic form in prose narrative; and Richard Jackson's satirical "No Turn on Red," which decries modern poets' self-serving allusions to catastrophe: "It's enough to make the moon turn its face/ the way these poets take a kind of bubble bath/ in other people's pain." Pushcart's anthology is a reliable and welcome measure of the vitality of the smaller presses. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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