I Have My Own Song for It

Modern Poems of Ohio

Elton Glaser and William Greenway, editors

Pages: 221

Size: 6 x 9
Series: Akron Series in Poetry


I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio gathers together 117 poems by 85 poets for a fresh perspective on the Buckeye State. Not since 1911 has there been a comprehensive collection of poems written about Ohio. And this anthology is especially relevant as Ohio celebrates its 200th year as a state. It could be called Ohio’s bicentennial gift to itself.

These poems, writing by such celebrated Ohio natives as James Wright and Mary Oliver, and by accomplished if less well known poets like Ruth L. Schwartz and Rachel Langille, offer a virtual tour of people and places in the state, traveling around Ohio’s lakes and rivers, farms and open country, small towns and larges cities. In resonant language and compelling imagery, in shapely verse and lines responsive to the moment’s impulse, the poems bring Ohio to its citizens and, beyond the border of the state, to lovers of poetry everywhere. The perspective may be personal or historical, close-up or wide-ranging, celebratory or otherwise, but each poem becomes part of the state’s legacy passed on to future generations, a collective record of how Ohio appears to itself and to others at the beginning of the 21st century.

Ohio can take pride in its rich literary heritage, both as the cradle for writers like Hart Crane and Rita Dove and as the inspiration for works like the poems in this anthology. I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio fills in the map outline of Ohio with its people and topography, in vivid colors that paint a diverse portrait of the state, and in poems strong enough that they will not fade when the celebrations end.

About the author

Elton Glaser, Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Akron, former director of The University of Akron Press, and former editor of the Akron Series in Poetry. He has published six full-length collections of poems: Relics, Tropical Depressions, Color Photographs of the Ruins, Winter Amnesties, Pelican Tracks, and Here and Hereafter. His poems have appeared in the 1995, 1997, and 2000 editions of The Best American Poetry. Among his awards are two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, four fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the 1996 Ohioana Poetry Award.

William Greenway, a native of Georgia with a BA from Georgia State University and a PhD from Tulane University, is a professor of English at Youngstown State University. He has published seven full-length collections of poetry.

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