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Postmodern American Poetry

Professor of Creative Writing Paul Hoover’s newly revised anthology of postmodern poetry invites readers to experience “flarf,” which builds poems by means of google search results, a poem that contains only the letters v, o, w, e, l and s, and another work of experimental verse created from a year’s worth of weather broadcasts.

Poetry naturally reinvents itself every generation or so, Hoover explains, and what was once considered avant-garde or even offensive eventually becomes the norm. That reinvention necessitated updating the anthology to remove poetry now considered part of the mainstream. Among Hoover’s tough choices, dropping himself from the collection. “It’s painful,” he admits, but “I knew i was going to have to accommodate the young, the new.”

The second edition of Hoover’s “Postmodern American Poetry,” published in March by W.W. Norton, includes the work of Creative Writing Chair Maxine Chernoff, Michael McClure (B.A.,’55), Forrest Gander (M.A.,’81) and Cole Swensen (B.A., ’80; M.A., ’83), an introduction explaining the postmodern poetry movement as well as notes on each contributor’s work.

“The book tries to take a literature that can be complicated and surprising and help people understand its motives,” Hoover says. “It’s designed to be read by everybody.”



Top Dog: The Science of Winning and LosingCover image from the book “Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing


What makes a winner? According to a book co-authored by
Po Bronson
(M.A., ’94), it could come down to the shape of your hands, the presence of a single biochemical or your birth order. By exploring competition in arenas as diverse as ballroom dancing and the battlefield, he offers surprising findings about the quest to be the best.



Cover image from the book "Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coches of All Time"

Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Father's from the Greatest Coaches of All

Chronicle Books

A photo-rich collection of quotations compiled by Tom Limbert (M.A., ’95) and featuring a foreword by NFL MVP Steve Young proves that pearls of parental wisdom often come from the playing field. With motivating and inspiring words from the likes of Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Phil Jackson, this mini-coffee table book would make a great Father’s Day gift.



Cover image from the book "Birds of Paradise Lost“Birds of Paradise Lost

Red Hen Press

In his captivating collection of short stories, Andrew Lam (attended ’89-’91) opens a window into the private lives of men and women who escaped Vietnam after the fall of Saigon to start anew in the Bay Area. Their journeys, often humorous and heartrending at the same time, prove that, in Lam’s words, “borders, once crossed, remain forever porous to the traveler.”



Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Random House

Cover image from the book "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us"An eye-opening work by Pulitzer-winner Michael Moss (attended ’74-’79) probes the secrets of the processed food industry and reveals how these companies work to keep Americans consuming salt, sugar and fat while redirecting their concerns about the health risks of the products they are ingesting.





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