To celebrate Burning Deck’s 40th anniversary, this anthology presents poetry and prose published in the years 1981-2001. It is a sequel to the anthology, A Century in Two Decades (Burning Deck 1961-81). Authors include the poets Rae Armantrout, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Robert Creeley, Tina Darragh, Michael Davidson, Michael Gizzi, Peter Gizzi, Lisa Jarnot, Jackson Mac Low, Harry Mathews, Mark McMorris, Ron Silliman, Cole Swensen, Marjorie Welish, John Yau, prose writers Walter Abish, Paul Auster, Robert Coover, John Hawkes, Dallas Wiebe, and in translation, Xue Di, Friederike Mayröcker, Ernst Jandl, Oskar Pastior, Marcel Cohen, Emmanuel Hocquard, Pascal Quignard.
The volume also contains a full bibliography of Burning Deck Press from 1981-2001.
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