• Happy 100th, Edward Lueders! (Poet/editor: "Reflections on a Gift of Wa

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    His name rhymes with "readers."

    Two birthday tributes:



    Born in Chicago, he now lives in Salt Lake City. He was Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Utah.

    "Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle...and Other Modern Verse." won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. (At some point, maybe 20 years ago, it was revised and expanded.) Other poetry compilations listed as juvenile are: "Zero makes me hungry:a
    collection of poems for today" and "Some haystacks don't even have any needle, and other complete modern poems."

    (2021 article - this includes a link to a 27-minute PBS video interview)

    (2022 profile)


    (book covers of "Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle")

    From the dust jacket:

    "From lighthearted Phyllis Mc-Ginley to pessimistic Ezra Pound; from the lyricism of Edna St. Vincent Millay to the vigor of Lawrence Ferlinghette; from Carl Sandburg on loneliness to Paul Dehn on the bomb -- such is the range. The little known or
    unknown poet and the widely recognized appear side by siide.

    "Whatever the subject matter -- pheasant or flying saucer; lapping lake water or sonic boom; a deer hunt, a basketball, or a bud -- it is all poetry reflecting today's images and today's moods."

    (reader reviews)

    (one book review)

    Lueders writes: "I think television has given us a sense of the different voices in which people speak, and each poem has its own voice. In previous times all poems had the same voice--the English teacher's voice. Now, everybody can read for himself and
    listen to the sounds of the poems and the person speaking.

    "People usually begin by thinking that all poems must rhyme. But they are thinking mostly of jingles. When they read poems in freer forms, they often are more excited by what they find there because it's likely to be closer to their sense of the way
    things are and their own language. After all, it's harder to write a good poem in traditional form that is really a poem rather than just a mechanical rhyme. It's much more demanding--anyone can make a rhyme, but rhyme doesn't necessarily make poetry.

    "Good free verse puts this premium on elements of poetry that are more normal to kids--speech rhythms rather than mechanical meter; strange words, or familiar words used strangely for the fun of it, not because they suit some predetermined form."


    (Editor with Jane Kluckhohn) Through Okinawan Eyes, University of New Mexico Press, 1951.
    Carl Van Vechten and the Twenties, University of New Mexico Press, 1955.

    (Editor) College and Adult Reading List of Books in Literature and the Fine Arts, Washington Square Press, 1962.
    Carl Van Vechten, Twayne, 1965.
    (Compiler with Stephen Dunning and Hugh L. Smith, Jr.) Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle . . . and Other Modern Verse, Scott, Foresman, 1966.
    (Compiler with Dunning and Smith) Some Haystacks Don't Even Have Any Needle, and Other Complete Modern Poems, Scott, Foresman, 1969.
    (With Brewster Ghiselin and Clarice Short) Images and Impressions: Poems by Brewster Ghiselin, Edward Lueders, and Clarice Short, University of Utah, 1969.

    The Gang from Percy's Hotel and Other Poems, American Studies Research Centre (Hyderabad, India), 1971.
    (Compiler with Primus St. John) Zero Makes Me Hungry: A Collection of Poems for Today, Scott, Foresman, 1976.
    The Clam Lake Papers: A Winter in the North Woods, Harper, 1977.

    (Editor) Writing Natural History: Dialogues with Authors, University of Utah Press, 1989.
    The Wake of the General Bliss, University of Utah Press, 1989.

    (With Naoshi Koriyama) Like Underground Water: The Poetry of Mid-20th Century Japan, Copper Canyon Press, 1995.

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