Known for garrulously comic moments and dead-on versions of modern Americans' colloquial speech, Halliday (Jab) begins his fifth book of verse with purposely flat and intensely serious poems reacting to the death of his father, who lived "not without some gladness till he was eighty-nine,/ nourished as well as ravaged by irresistible wishing." That personal sadness inspires reflections on mortality more generally, at the start as at the end of this striking collection. In between, though, Halliday flaunts his gift for informal humor, poking fun at contemporary ephemera while finding the element of memento mori in each. "Google Me Soon," one poem invites: "You and I, we could have a connection." "I'm the little cup of overcooked beans," another poem decides, "somebody covered with plastic wrap and pushed to the back of/ the fridge." It can be hard to know when Halliday is kidding-but that difficulty is part of his point: in a world full of people whose stories we may never know, who may or may not have urgent messages for us, Halliday seeks a style sad enough to describe those missed connections, and surprising enough to let us have fun with them, too. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keep this Foreverby Mark Halliday
Poetry. In this, his fifth book of poems, written in the aftermath of his father's death, Mark Halliday proves to be one of America's most intimate poets. Like Frank O'Hara and Kenneth Koch, Halliday's poems chat with the reader in earnest yet humorous ways and in wholly believable voices. Whether exploring grief or desire or loneliness, these poems never forget… See more details below
Poetry. In this, his fifth book of poems, written in the aftermath of his father's death, Mark Halliday proves to be one of America's most intimate poets. Like Frank O'Hara and Kenneth Koch, Halliday's poems chat with the reader in earnest yet humorous ways and in wholly believable voices. Whether exploring grief or desire or loneliness, these poems never forget the human longing for permanence. "He is prolix and quotidian, a Whitman in a supermarket, a confessional poet who does not take himself very seriously.... His cool patter skewers pomposity..."--The New Yorker. Mark Halliday was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1949, and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and then in Westport, Connecticut. He earned a B.A. at Brown University, an M.A. in creative writing at Brown, and a Ph.D. in English at Brandeis University. He has taught at Wellesley College, the University of Pennsylvania, Wilmington Friends School, Indiana University, Western Michigan University, and Ohio University.
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