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Sweet Nothings: An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry [Paperback]

Jim Elledge
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1 Jun 1994
'Every lovesick summer has its song, And this one I pretended to despise. But if I were alone when it came on, I turned it up full-blast to sing along - A primal scream in croaky baritone, The notes all flat, the lyrics mostly slurred - No wonder I spent so much time along. Making the rounds in Dad's old Thunderbird.' - From "Cruising with the Beach Boys" by Dana Gioia. No one should be surprised that rock and roll music turns up in the work of many of the Baby-Boom poets, where it conjures up poignant memories, evokes a specific mood, or haunts the poets' psychic landscape. Arranged in a loosely thematic manner, the 125 poems in "Sweet Nothings" mirror the varied forms of rock and roll, mimic its sounds, bask in its innocence, draw inspiration from its rebelliousness. For this collection Jim Elledge has gathered works by 79 poets, among them some of the most highly regarded poets of our time: Frank O'Hara, Joyce Carol Oates, David Wojahn, Thom Gunn, Rita Dove, Lynda Hull, Albert Goldbarth, Lisel Mueller, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gary Soto, and William Matthews. In the final section of this book the poets comment on the relationship between their works and rock and roll.

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (1 Jun 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253208645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253208644
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,737,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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JIM ELLEDGE, Associate Professor of English at Illinois State University, has published two collections of poetry, Various Envies and Nothing Nice, and four critical volumes, including Frank O Hara: To Be True to a City, and Weldon Kees: A Critical Introduction. Formerly Assistant Editor of Poetry, he currently edits The Illinois Review."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, baby, let's rock! 9 Jan 1997
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Bop-bap-a-loopa-a-bop-bam-boom. You haven't rocked ALL the way around the clock until you've read this collection of rock and roll poetry by exceptional writers from across the nation. Get all shook up with Elvis or howl with Dylan. Trot down Memory Lane through vignettes of musicians living the good life or relive the heartbreak of rockers who left us too young and too soon. The music is in the words and in the memories that are crafted by these many artists, crafted in tones of reverence, of playfulness, and, mainly, of love for American rock and roll. This is a one-of-a-kind collection that should be part of everyone's library. It also makes a terrific collection for use in the classroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, baby, let's rock! 9 Jan 1997
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Bop-bap-a-loopa-a-bop-bam-boom. You haven't rocked ALL the way around the clock until you've read this collection of rock and roll poetry by exceptional writers from across the nation. Get all shook up with Elvis or howl with Dylan. Trot down Memory Lane through vignettes of musicians living the good life or relive the heartbreak of rockers who left us too young and too soon. The music is in the words and in the memories that are crafted by these many artists, crafted in tones of reverence, of playfulness, and, mainly, of love for American rock and roll. This is a one-of-a-kind collection that should be part of everyone's library. It also makes a terrific collection for use in the classroom
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oddly useful scholarly resource 25 Feb 2010
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I thought it would be an anthology of rock lyrics that were as good as poetry. Instead, it's poems inspired by rock lyrics. Ekphrasis is easy to do with music, because one hears the song in one's head, as soon as it's mentioned. (And has some trouble getting it out and listening to the poem.) But as far as a record of how audiences received the music, it's useful. It's fun to hear Elvis, in the Fifties, called a "kid". One unconsciously pictures him always old and always an icon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, baby, let's rock! 9 Jan 1997
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Bop-bap-a-loopa-a-bop-bam-boom. You haven't rocked ALL the way around the clock until you've read this collection of
rock and roll poetry by exceptional writers from across the nation. Get all shook up with Elvis or howl with Dylan. Trot
down Memory Lane through vignettes of musicians living the good life or relive the heartbreak of rockers who left us too
young and too soon. The music is in the words and in the memories that are crafted by these many artists, crafted in tones of
reverence, of playfulness, and, mainly, of love for American rock and roll. This is a one-of-a-kind collection that should be
part of everyone's library. It also makes a terrific text for use in the classroom.
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