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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1991

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John Ashbery
   Flow Chart

John Barth
   The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor

Saul Bellow
   Something to Remember Me By

Gwendolyn Brooks
   Children Coming Home

Lorna Dee Cervantes
   from the Cables of Genocide: Poems of Love and Hunger

Frank Chin
   Donald Duk

Sandra Cisneros

Lucille Clifton
   I Am Accused of Tending to the Past**
   Quilting: Poems 1987-1990
   at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989**

Victor Hernández Cruz
   Red Beans

Louise Erdrich (Chippewa)
   The Crown of Columbus (with Michael Dorris)

Carolyn Forché
   Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness, ed.

Gish Jen
   In the American Society**
   Typical American

Meridel LeSueur
   The Dread Road

Norman Mailer
   Harlot's Ghost

Paule Marshall

Pat Mora

Joyce Carol Oates
   Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart

Adrienne Rich
   An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991

Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna)
   Almanac of the Dead

John Updike
   Odd Jobs

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