Patricia Goedicke

1931–2006

Patricia Goedicke's poetry has been described in the Times Literary Supplement by David Kirby as "intensely emotional, intensely physical." "More than any contemporary woman poet, perhaps, she exhibits a Whitmanesque exuberance," claims Small Press Review contributor Hans Ostrom. According to Peter Schjeldahl in the New York Times Book Review, Goedicke "bears down hard on the language, frequently producing exact ambiguities of phrasing that are startling and funny." And Harper's reviewer Hayden Carruth believes that Goedicke's poems "have a hard truthful ring, like parables of survival." Goedicke's collection, The Wind of Our Going, "is distinguished by its use of lavish images and multiple comparisons," describes Lex Runciman in Western American Literature. "Her poems delight in their connections, in the sheer physical length and amplitude of their sentences." Ostrom also likes the book, and writes, " The Wind of Our Going shows [Goedicke] to be a confident poet and a poet who has reason to be confident. Although she could benefit from a lighter touch and more varied forms, this is an engaging, vital book."

Career

Harcourt, Brace & World, New York City, editorial assistant, 1953-54; T. Y. Crowell (publishers), New York City, editorial assistant, 1955-56; coeditor, Page (poetry broadsheet), 1961- 66; Ohio University, Athens, instructor in English, 1963-68; Book-of-the-Month Club, reader/writer, 1968-69; Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York City, lecturer in English, 1969-71; Instituto Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, associate professor of creative writing, 1972-79; Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, guest faculty member in writing program, 1980-81; University of Montana, Missoula, visiting poet in residence, 1981-83, associate professor of English, 1983-89, professor, 1990—. Has given poetry readings at the Library of Congress, the Young Men's Hebrew Association Poetry Center in New York, the New England Poetry Club, and the San Francisco State Poetry Center, as well as at colleges and universities, including State University of New York College at Brockport, Columbia University, New York University, Dartmouth College, Kalamazoo College, Washington University, Lake Forest College, San Francisco State University, Queens College of the City University of New York, Bucknell University, Wells College, and the Universities of Kansas, Arkansas, Alaska, Oregon, Minnesota, and Nevada. Panel member, Ohio Poetry Association annual meeting, 1974.

Bibliography

POETRY

  • Between Oceans, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1968.
  • For the Four Corners, Ithaca House (Ithaca, NY), 1976.
  • The Trail That Turns on Itself, Ithaca House, 1978.
  • The Dog That Was Barking Yesterday, Lynx (Amherst, MA), 1980.
  • Crossing the Same River, University of Massachusetts Press (Amherst), 1980.
  • The Wind of Our Going, Copper Canyon Press (Port Townsend, WA), 1985.
  • Listen, Love, Barnwood (Daleville, IN), 1986.
  • The Tongues We Speak: New and Selected Poems, Milkweed Editions (Minneapolis), 1989.
  • Paul Bunyan's Bearskin, Milkweed Editions, 1992.
  • Invisible Horses, Milkweed Editions, 1996.
  • As Earth Begins to End: New Poems, Copper Canyon, 2000.
  • The Baseball Field at Night, Lost Horse Press (Sandpoint, Idaho), 2008.

CONTRIBUTOR

  • The American Literary Anthology, Volume 3, Viking (New York City), 1970.
  • William Cole, editor, And Be Merry, Grossman (New York City), 1972.
  • Psyche: The Feminine Poetic Consciousness, Dell (New York City), 1976.
  • William Cole, editor, The Ardis Anthology of New American Poetry, Ardis (Ann Arbor, MI), 1976.
  • Bill Henderson, editor, The Pushcart Prize, II: Best of the Small Presses, Pushcart (New York City), 1978.
  • Tangled Vines, Beacon Press (Boston, MA), 1978.
  • The Treasury of American Poetry, Doubleday (New York City), 1978.
  • A Geography of Poets, Bantam (New York City), 1979.
  • Editor's Choice, Spirit That Moves Us (Iowa City, Iowa), 1980.
  • Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song, Holy Cow Press (Minneapolis, MN), 1981.
  • Of Silence and Solitude, Beacon Press, 1982.
  • New Letters Reader 1: Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, New Letters (Kansas City, MO), 1983.
  • Jim Schley, editor, Writing in a Nuclear Age, University Press of New England (Hanover, NH), 1984.
  • Margaret Randall, editor, Women Brave in the Face of Danger: Photographs of and Writings by Latin and North American Women, Crossing Press (Trumansburg, NY), 1985.
  • Dacey and Lundgren, editors, Strong Measures, Harper (New York City), 1986.
  • Buchwald and Roston, editors, This Sporting Life, Milkweed Editions, 1987.
  • The Discovery of Poetry, Harcourt, 1987.
  • Ray Gonzalez, editor, Crossing the River: Poets of the Western U.S., Permanent Press (Sag Harbor, NY), 1987.
  • Jon Mukand, editor, Sutured Words, Aviva Press, 1988.
  • Lea Lifshitz, editor, Her Soul beneath the Bone, University of Illinois Press (Champaign), 1988.
  • William Kittredge and Annick Smith, senior editors, The Last Best Place, University of Washington Press (Seattle), 1988.
  • Ronald Wallace, editor, Vital Signs, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison), 1989.
  • Participating in the Poem, Center for Learning, 1989.
  • Richard Reynolds and John Stone, editors, On Doctoring, Simon & Schuster (New York City), 1991.
  • Buchwald and Roston, editors, Mixed Voices, Milkweed Editions, 1991.
  • Mark Sanders, editor, Decade Dance, Sandhills Press, 1991.
  • Anderson and Gildzen, editors, A Gathering of Poets, Kent State University Press (Kent, OH), 1992.
  • Michael Blumenthal, editor, To Woo and to Wed, Poseidon Press (New York City), 1992.
  • Lyn Lifshin, editor, Tangled Vines, Harcourt, 1992.
  • Forrest Gander, editor, Mouth to Mouth, Milkweed Editions, 1993.
  • Florence Howe, editor, No More Masks!, HarperCollins (New York City), 1993.
  • John Bradley, editor, Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age, Coffee House Press, 1995.

Also contributor to Arvon International Poetry Competition Anthology for 1987, Arvon Foundation Publishers (Todmorden, England), 1987, Seneca Review Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Anthology, 1995, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review Anthology, 1975-1990, and Spreading the Word. (Contributor of translations) IXOK AMARGO (poems), Granite Press, 1987. Contributing editor, Chowder Review. Contributor to periodicals, including Open Places, New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Saturday Review, Nation, and Harper's.

Further Reading

PERIODICALS

  • Bloomsbury Review, March/April, 1990.
  • Chicago Sun-Times, July 9, 1978.
  • Harper's, December, 1980.
  • Hudson Review, summer, 1994.
  • Los Angeles Times Book Review, April 27, 1980.
  • Missoulian, July 28-August 3, 1989.
  • Modern Poetry Studies, winter, 1976.
  • New York Times Book Review, December 17, 1978; February 9, 1986; January 28, 1990.
  • Small Press Review, November, 1985.
  • Southern Humanities Review, fall, 1971.
  • Southern Review, October, 1993.
  • Tar River Poetry Review, fall, 1985.
  • Times Literary Supplement, June 13, 1980.
  • Western American Literature, fall, 1986.

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