George Washington: Poemsby Adam Fitzgerald
In the wake ofthe critical success of The Late Parade (“poetry as lush as any of Keats’s odes,” New York Times Book Review), Adam Fitzgerald’s George Washington follows in the documentary poetics tradition
A groundbreaking collection from one of our most acclaimed young poets about personal loss and consumer anxiety in the American suburbs.
In the wake ofthe critical success of The Late Parade (“poetry as lush as any of Keats’s odes,” New York Times Book Review), Adam Fitzgerald’s George Washington follows in the documentary poetics tradition of William Carlos Williams’s In the American Grain and Susan Howe’s My Emily Dickinson. These frenetic poems channel the proper names and product placement in the suburban New Jersey memescape of the 1990s. Fitzgerald’s catalogsa world of video games and love songs, entertainment franchises and widespread anomieseek out the proxies by which millions now live their most intimate experiences, examining everything from sexuality and faith to the spectacles of shopping and mass shootings. The poet’s memory may prove as fungible as the once-ubiquitous VHS cassette, but these queer poems form a hypertext archive of life as it’s packaged and purveyed. Fitzgerald’s “primal vision” (Harold Bloom), so wildly alive in The Late Parade, metamorphoses into an exhilarating exploration of Americana’s dark origins.
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Meet the Author
Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late
Parade and George Washington. New poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry,
Granta, Boston Review, the New York Review of Books, and elsewhere.
Fitzgerald is contributing editor of Literary Hub, teaches at NYU, and directs The Home School. He lives in New York.
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