From William Carlos Williams and Allen Ginsberg to Miguel Algarin and Wanda Coleman, this groundbreaking book explores the ways in which contemporary poets have engaged with America's changing urban experience since 1945. City Poems and American Urban Crisis brings post-war American poetry into conversation with developments in city planning, activism, and urban theory to demonstrate that taking city poetry seriously as a mode of analysis and critique can enhance our attempts to produce more just and equitable urban futures.
Poets covered include: Miguel Algarin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Wanda Coleman, Allen Ginsberg, Lewis MacAdams, Charles Olson, George Oppen, and William Carlos Williams.
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Nate Mickelson is Assistant Professor of English and City Seminar Coordinator at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, City University of New York, USA.
Introduction: City Poems and American Urban Crisis
1. Writing Around Williams: Paterson and Experimental Urban Poetics
2. Community and Crisis in Los Angeles Poetry
3. The "Curious" Languages of New York: George Oppen and Critical Urban Theory
4. Reading "Bronzeville": Poetics of Neighborhood I
5. Organizing "El Barrio" and the "Loisaida": Poetics of Neighborhood II
6. Poetry and Progressive Planning
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