City River of Voices

City River of Voices

Denise Bergman, ed.

The source and setting of these poems is the city, reflecting the diversity of the lives and interests of 50 poets from over a dozen ethnic backgrounds.  Topics vary widely: they include romance, arson, baseball, the killing of rats, innocence, murder, landlords, and trash.  The poets, mostly from Boston and Cambridge, include Marjorie Agosin, Robin Becker, Anna Carvalho, Susan Eisenberg, Martín Espada, Cola Franzen, Rosario Morales, Mark Powlak, Len Solo, and Marilyn Zuckerman. 

And so the idea for this book.  It is about the city, which is to say people, working, playing, struggling, celebrating, living, dying, alone and together in neighborhoods and communities.  We hear a wide range of voices . . . In all cases, the intimacy of the poets with their subjects, their intensity, their wide range of subjects and emotions reminded me that we cannot separate ourselves from our environment, or from each other, or from our urgent, human need for expression.”—Denise Bergman, from the Foreword

6 x 9 inches • 89 pages • ISBN 0-931122-68-6 • $9.95