The Extraordinary Tide includes the work of many poets who appeared in The Drunken Boat. Ruth Stone's interview and poetry, Eleanor Wilner's interview and poetry, the poems of Erin Belieu, Susan Aizenberg and Rebecca Seiferle, Editor of The Drunken Boat.

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The Extraordinary Tide


The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women

Edited by Susan Aizenberg and Erin Belieu. Introduction by Eleanor Wilner.


Publisher's Note:

A collection of more than 400 poems by more than 100 different writers, The Extraordinary Tide synthesizes and celebrates a new era of poetry by women in America. Long overdue, the anthology includes America's most recognized women poets and those emerging as exciting new artists of contemporary verse. The book also contains a forward by poet Eleanor Wilner and short biographies of all the contributors.

Review and Comment:
An extraordinary and important anthology that anyone interested in contemporary American poetry will want to read and cherish.
— Alan Shapiro


The delights of this anthology are in its plurality, its collection of such a rich and varied sampling of that tide flooding American shores.
— Eleanor Wilner


One had hoped that by this time there would be no need for an anthology like The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women, but its existence testifies to the continuing negative gender politics of poetry. ... anyone who has doubted the richness of poetry by women in the U.S. will no longer be able to do so.
Publishers Weekly


Reluctant as American poetry has been to embrace its own majority, the almost inestimable variety, abundance, and accomplishment of this anthology makes one shudder to think how half-hearted our national literature would be without the voices that are gathered here. It's as if, at last, Eurydice had cleared the vast silence of the underworld, and in so doing she has fashioned a music that enlarges the voice in all of us.
— Sherod Santos


Stunning in its accomplishment and breathtaking in scope, The Extraordinary Tide is an anthology like no other: rather than merely defining some very particular territory, the work of the women writers gathered herein in fact gorgeously illuminates all of contemporary American letters.
— Rafael Campo


Notes on the editors:

Susan Aizenberg's first full-length collection of poetry, Muse, is forthcoming next spring from Southern Illinois University Press's Crab Orchard Series. She is also the author of a chapbook length collection of poems, Peru (Graywolf Press, Take 3: AGNI New Poets Series, 1997) and a contributing editor to The Nebraska Review. Her poems have appeared and are forthcoming in such journals as Agni,Chelsea,The Journal, Prairie Schooner, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewere. She is Assistant Professor of English and creative writing at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has work in this issue.

Erin Belieu was born and raised in Nebraska and educated at the University of Nebraska, The Ohio State University, and Boston University. A former editor at Agni, she currently serves as a contributing editor to The Kenyon Review. She has taught at Washington University, Boston University, Kenyon College, and currently teaches at Ohio University. Her book Infanta was chosen for the 1994 National Poetry Series. Her work was published in Spring 2001.