Pushcart Prize XIX: Best of the Small Presses, 1994-95 Ed.
Bill Henderson, Lynn Emanuel, David St John
Pushcart Press, Apr 1, 1995 - Fiction - 580 pages
Over sixty selections of the best poetry, essays, and short fiction have been selected out of thousands of nominations from Pushcart staff contributing editors and hundreds of small presses. The result is an introduction to a literary world that few readers have access to--the world where much of today's significant writing is published.
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The Pushcart prize, XIX: best of the small pressesUser Review - Book Verdict
It just keeps getting bigger and better. This, the 19th collection of prose, poetry, and fiction selected from small press publications by Pushcart Press, seems to emphasize more new writers than ever before. The result is an exciting anthology full of tremendous variety and wonderful writing-a volume that is a sheer pleasure to get lost in. The biggest surprise for this reader was the essays, especially Brenda Miller's piece on massage-which moves on, circuitously, to embrace so much more-and Edward Field's much-needed portrait of the enigmatic author Alfred Chester. And who could ever forget Edwidge Danicat's short story about Haiti, "Between the Pool and the Gardenias," as compelling as it is horrifying. But it hardly seems fair to pick favorites with a selection this rich. Considering the poor job that most of us do in collecting and promoting small press periodicals, this collection is more than just a recommended purchase. It's mandatory.-Brian Kenney, Brooklyn P.L.