A COLLECTION OF UNPUBLISHED POEMS FROM ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE POETIC VOICES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY "of an evening real as paint on canvas. " "The kind that makes me ache to have the gift " "for dusting off cliches: " "not, make it new, but, see it, hear it, freshly. " "The context (good morrow, haven't we met in this context " " before?) " ...
A COLLECTION OF UNPUBLISHED POEMS FROM ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE POETIC VOICES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY "of an evening real as paint on canvas. " "The kind that makes me ache to have the gift " "for dusting off cliches: " "not, make it new, but, see it, hear it, freshly. " "The context (good morrow, haven't we met in this context " " before?) " "in which, squelch, a brush lifted a load " "of pigment from the thick glass palette, and, concentrated, " "as though he saw neither the work in hand nor the subject, " "the painter began." " "--from "A Blue Shadow Painting" "Other Flowers "brings together 165 unseen poems from James Schuyler, one of the twentieth century's most acclaimed writers. This carefully arranged edition presents a broad range of Schuyler's work, spanning from the early 1950s until his death in 1991. These poems exhibit Schuyler's virtuosity in drawing from real life, interpersonal history, nature, and pop culture to create reverberant portraits of the everyday. To read these poems is to rediscover the fresh clarity and grandeur of even the smallest things. "Other Flowers "confirms Schuyler's status as one of the most important figures in contemporary poetics.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-03-22 The publication of these poems by the seminal New York School poet is a cause for celebration; none of them was included in any of Schuyler's published collections, and there is much to savor, as well as valuable insight into the poet's process of composition. From early poems in which Schuyler sensitively describes his youth in the Midwest and East Aurora, N.Y., to highly charged observations of the streetscapes, seasons, and social life of New York City, both longtime readers of Schuyler and those new to his work will find an abundance of surprising, moving material. Most of the poems are less than a page long, but nearly all are packed with visual and emotional punch, exploding with color and sensation: "Downriver, by the delicately webbed gasometers/ and the antennae, frailly tensile,/ lumber kindles into golden flames/ curling like shavings from a plane." The editors have included useful notes, which give dates of composition where possible, and brief descriptions of the many poets, painters, and neighborhoods that Schuyler wrote his poems to and about. Occasionally rough and half-realized, yet always alive, this book constitutes an exciting poetic discovery. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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