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From the Publisher"As a measure of our historical distance from Spicer's personality, a new generation of editors, the poets Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian, moves beyond the Spicer 'legend' in order to present the full range of his poetry to readers both familiar and unfamiliar with his work."--Zach Finch, Boston Review
"My Vocabulary Did This To Me...These final words serve as an apt title for Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian's wonderfully edited Spicer collection, the first thorough gathering of the poet's extraordinary and challenging writing to appear since the '70s."--Erik Davis, Bookforum
"You finish My Vocabulary Did This to Me feeling you've come in contact with an original artist and a genuine one, a writer who is, to borrow from Wordsworth, 'fierce, moody, patient, venturous, modest, shy.' You also finish the book thinking that these poems are ready to find a new audience."
--Dwight Garner, The New York Times
"His vocabulary did indeed do this to hi, but perhaps with this handsome edtion, love and reappraisal will let him go on."--Edward Champion, The Los Angeles Times