Richard Elman (1934–1997) was a major figure in literary circles of the latter part of the last century, a consequential presence in our culture’s “scene.” Known primarily as a novelist—for such no
“Readers will be moved by this carefully crafted collection. It is entirely new and innovative.”
“Ashbery’s work is an assemblage fashioned by a genius, and They Knew What They Wanted is a great tribute, an absolute treasure.”
In his 1980 Nobel Lecture, Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz said that the poet’s true vocation is to contemplate Being.
“an exciting collection . . .”
“Each poem is an invitation to join the songs still playing in his head where reflection, nostalgia, and love are bound.”
“Thousands is an experimental confession that discards pedestrian forms to challenge the reader with unique, creative points of view to discover the writer within.
“Lynn Powell transforms experience and language itself into a revelation . . .”
“Never mind that his art is almost always sexually themed, frequently violent, and often flawed. It is nonetheless art.”
“Images coagulate and dissolve in a kaleidoscope of language.”
“Sealey’s passions radiate and radiate through these poems.”
In his collection of poems, In Memory of an Angel, poet David Shapiro is something like a tour guide.
This last book by poet, playwright, fiction writer, musician, David Budbill has all the deserved resonance of one’s "last words." One senses here the author’s deep awareness of aging and death, as
“a potent cocktail of political anger and radical formal experimentation.”
If anyone would question why musician Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, the answer is easily found by cracking the covers of The Lyrics: 1961–2012.
Few poets have been as honored as W. S. Merwin, author of 20 books of poetry and translation, twice U.S.
“Andrew Motion’s imagination takes him and readers on a journey to many places and times, but always with a sense of the inner self.”
“Scriptorium is a rare and beautiful collection of poetry.”
“If you buy only one book of poetry this year, let this be the one.“
Last books by any writer are always a mixed blessing.
“This stunning final collection is one more reminder that Philip Levine is irreplaceable.”
Here is a book almost as rare as its author, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886).
“poems of longing, of grieving and wanting, poems of a recovered past and its once lost values. . . . an abundant volume to read.”
Ezra Loomis Pound cemented his literary career as one of the chief architects of Modernism. He edited T. S.
Dick Allen, former poet laureate of Connecticut and the author of eight books of poetry in a wide range of forms, gives us a quietly stunning collection of poems here in a tradition of American Zen