Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl Edit Poetry Anthology
Posted November 26, 2002
HOLLAND -- Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl of the Hope
College English faculty are editors of "250 Poems: A
Portable Anthology," published recently by Bedford/St.
The book is a collection of poems, arranged
chronologically, from medieval English ballads to works by
recent American poets laureate such as Rita Dove, Robert
Pinsky, and Billy Collins. It features classics like John
Donne's "The Flea," Emily Dickinson's "I heard a Fly buzz
when I died" and William Butler Yeats's "The Second Coming,"
as well as poems by contemporary ethnic poets such as Sonia
Sanchez, Li-Young Lee, Louise Erdrich, Alberto Rios and
Naomi Shihab Nye. It includes a detailed biographical note
on each poet represented and a full glossary of poetic
The book is designed both for general readers
looking for a compact volume of excellent poetry and for use
in classes on poetry.
Schakel joined the Hope faculty in 1969 after a
year at the University of Nebraska. He is a graduate of
Central College in Iowa and holds graduate degrees from
Southern Illinois University and the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. He is author or editor of two books on
Jonathan Swift and five on C.S. Lewis, the most recent of
which, "Imagination and the Arts in C.S. Lewis," was
published by the University of Missouri Press earlier this
year. He is the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of
English and chair of the department of English at Hope.
Ridl is the author of several collections of
poetry, the most recent being "Against Elegies," chosen by
U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins as the winner of the 2001
"Letterpress Chapbook Competition" sponsored by the Center
for Book Arts of New York City. It is currently in its
second printing. His earlier books of poetry include "The
Same Ghost" (1985), "Between" (1988), the chapbook "After
School" (1987) and "Poems from The Same Ghost and Between"
(1993). He has published more than 175 poems in journals
and had work included in numerous anthologies. Ridl has
taught at Hope since 1971. He was winner of the Hope
Outstanding Professor-Educator award for 1976 and in 1996
was named Michigan Professor of the Year by the Council for
the Advancement and Support of Education.
Schakel and Ridl previously co-authored a textbook
titled "Approaching Poetry: Perspectives and Responses" (St.
Martin's Press, 1996). They are currently at work on
another textbook, "Approaching Literature: A Multicultural
Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama."
Copies of "250 Poems" are available at the
college's Hope-Geneva Bookstore, located on the ground level
of the DeWitt Center on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.