ZERO MAKES ME HUNGRY: A Collection of Poems for Today by Edward & Primus St. John--Eds. Lueders
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ZERO MAKES ME HUNGRY: A Collection of Poems for Today

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Less an anthology than a tribal celebration, Zero Makes Me Hungry brings together, just for starters, A. R. Ammons longing for a superduper power mower and David Young's ""Project for Freight Trains""; Edward Field's translations of Netsilik Eskimo poems; and Alice Walker remembering when ""You Had to Go to Funerals."" Black poet Primus St. John and Lueders, who was a compiler of Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle, gives us eight sets of poetry grouped by theme--the sections are untitled, but concern the machine age, creativity, animals, family, etc. The loose, kinetic framework makes room for such diverse talents as Osip Mandelstam and Spike Milligan, W. S. Merwin and Phyllis McGinley. There are many young voices, many minority group voices, many seldom heard in anthologies--all presented as a sort of free-form congregation on pages with rainbow colored borders. The editors have looked for energy, brevity and empathic subject matter without eliminating challenge; this is a collection that invites the young reader to reach out and take chances. Best of all, it looks like fun.

Pub Date: Feb. 9th, 1976
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard