New and Selected Poems: 1958-1998


One of the most noted of American fiction writers, Gilbert Sorrentino is also a brilliant poet, and has authored some nine books of poetry, including the renowned The Orangery, first published in 1978 and republished by Sun & Moon Press in 1995. This new volume of selected poems includes the poems of the Black Sparrow edition of 1981 and the numerous new poems written in the 20 years following that volume.

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One of the most noted of American fiction writers, Gilbert Sorrentino is also a brilliant poet, and has authored some nine books of poetry, including the renowned The Orangery, first published in 1978 and republished by Sun & Moon Press in 1995. This new volume of selected poems includes the poems of the Black Sparrow edition of 1981 and the numerous new poems written in the 20 years following that volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892295828
  • Publisher: Green Integer Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Green Integer Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A luminary of American literature, Gilbert Sorrentino was a boyhood friend of Hubert Selby, Jr., a confidant of William Carlos Williams, a two-time PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, and the recipient of a Lannan Literary Lifetime Achievement Award. He taught at Stanford for many years before returning to his native Brooklyn and published over thirty books before his death in 2006.

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Table of Contents

A fixture 19
Calling Dr. Dunninger 20
Nightpiece 21
The totem 22
3 quatrains 23
The crisis 24
The man in the moon 25
The spouse 26
Man and wife 27
A senorita's bouquet 29
The closet 30
Midnight special 31
A classic case 32
The zoo 34
The fights 35
The whole world coal 36
Tilt 37
Ars Longa 41
The transcript 43
The fiction 44
Cards 45
Dominoes 47
Sinking, swimming 49
Ave atque Vale 51
The meeting, 1-4 53
The evening news 58
The charm 60
Bar games 61
As with a simple gesture of the fingers 62
The long goodbye 64
The bare tree 66
Open your mouth and say 68
The memory 70
The edges 72
Out of their butchered hearts 73
The mathematics 75
Maytime 76
Faces of doom and sterility 78
The abstraction 80
The language barrier 82
Who goes there? 84
A detail 86
Shapes of winter, 1-7 88
Silences 96
Something plus something is not one thing 101
He walks on the street, in 102
In a fantastic light: 104
The stupid painter paints : he 105
What is past is here, as we 107
Now the night is here : blood 109
What intense colloquy with the self 111
People in Hell are clothed 113
Nothing grimmer than dawn at noon 115
A stinking city full of stinking 116
Where are the rose-colored cities 117
There is no instance that was not love: 119
(Sonnet with X's) 121
A red sun is going down somewhere 122
A particular density : in the center, rises 123
A door that opens on 124
What is to be understood: 125
Come from the whirling zodiac 126
Come all ye sons of art 127
L the simple shape 128
In the blue, singa 129
Some hawk-nosed man 130
It is one man alone, what 131
How I loved that melody, 132
But the light is imagined 133
Mother, this is a ball of color 134
(pentagram) 135
Handbook of versification 139
Address to the National Council on the Arts 140
The morning roundup 143
Rose room 144
The poet tires of those who disparage his city 146
Land of cotton 147
Long gone blues 149
Perceive 150
Poem 151
Toward the end of winter 153
Marjorie 155
Coast of Texas, 1-16 156
A poem for my wife 177
Old tale 178
Research, again 179
Pail 181
Poem 183
A poem to read in August 184
The New York Times : a poem for Ross Feld 185
Prince Rupert's drop 187
Give them blood 189
They die over and over : in the movies 190
Blue turning grey 191
The insane waiters 192
Veterans of foreign wars 194
See America first 196
Anatomy 198
At last comes love of such a quality that it would shame me 201
My hated birthday looms : in the rude and wretched country 202
Do you know that sad journey is lifted from your darling's heart? 202
That you allow yourself this vast neglect of me 203
Cerinthus, don't you have some soft thought for your girl 203
Light, my light, let me never be again 204
Boilermakers 207
Cynical 208
A silk ascot for the terrorist 209
16 lines 211
Captain Marvell 212
Lost in the stars 214
Beautiful soup 215
Mosquitoes in New Jersey 216
George C. Tilyou smiles 217
The ambassador 218
Oleo strut 219
Gimlet 220
You are my heart's bouquet 222
Let's call this 224
Cautious circumspection does not win the west 226
Charles and Arthur 228
Deluxe assorted 230
Blackburn's dream 232
Billy McCoy 234
September in Kittery 235
A hit album 236
1939 World's Fair 241
Everybody would soon change 242
She whom no one ever found 243
Chez Macadam 244
Mr. America last seen crossing the road 245
Across this water sits a shore 246
Canta Naranja 247
Variations 2 248
Variations 3 249
In memoriam P. B. 250
Deux Morceaux en Forme de Banane 251
Drifting south 252
Big brown eyes 253
Sappho in Paris 254
Annie from Miami 255
The king of the dark tower is a lug 256
Vapid transit 257
At twenty love disintegrates 258
She was all in black : a statement 259
Simplicity 260
Canzone 261
Marvellous 262
White lemons 263
Homage to Arnaut 264
Zukofsky 265
Broadway! : Broadway! 267
Remember the story of Columbus and the orange? 268
The oranges returned 269
Je Connais Gens de Toutes Sortes 270
Vision of the city from a window 271
Fragments of an old song 1 272
Fragments of an old song 2 273
Pastorale 274
The crown, 1-7 275
Huge man in tight pants 285
Some sap sings a poor pantoum 286
Waltz of the empty roadhouse 288
Man in old blue suit at the plaza 289
Ultima Despedida del Principe Poniatowski de Su Familia 291
Impromptu solo on a balcony 293
Jaime Valeroso y Borracho consults his journal 295
Woman irritable because of her menses 297
Girl at sixteen with lightning 299
Le Bateau d'Amour descried on the Briny 301
Solitary man discovered in a field of daisies 303
In which there is nothing up the sleeve 305
Crool time 307
The iceman, again 308
De Pre Est Veneneux Mais Joli en Automne 309
Verlaine's innocents 310
Diaghilev did not say "Etonnez-moi" 311
A celebration of sorts 312
The lemonade panel 314
Miss and hit 316
"Good night!" 317
Ou Sont Ils, Ou, Vierge Souvrain? 318
The lecture on time and space 320
Everything is a still-life 322
Trouble in paradise 324
Mysteries sacred and profane 326
The disappearance of oilcloth 328
From the journal of immutable truths 329
Cruel experiments continue! 330
Evils of the city 331
Barely aware of the insistent loud roars 333
Strambotto 335
The interesting glass 337
The open boat 338
Razzmatazz 339
Bright nightgown 342
Snapshot from Copenhagen 345
Raw statistics 347
The bathed came and out moon period all in silver 349
It 350
On the corner of the square 352
Vital poetry 353
Another boring tale 354
It rains in Jersey : another lake 355
East St. Louis Tout a l'Heure 357
The institute doesn't answer 358
Postmodernism explained 359
Sunshine and lollipops 360
Lower east side toodle-oo 361
The Joli corner 363
City city 365
Riff 366
Sonnet sonnet 367
Nightgown man 369
Some Elizabethan glories 371
Picture 372
All chic for the party 373
I was finished living 375
Cento acrostic 377
Poem yclept 378
Nominal substitution 379
Beau present 380
Sestina 381
Calafawnya 383
Sleep, the sun is shining 385
Will work for good food 387
Natural air conditioning 389
Those were the days like 391
Town meeting 393
Health and strength 395
You have to come over soon 397
Old Palo Alto classic 399
Traffic heavy and very slow 401
Birdies sing and everything 403
Paschal reverie 405
Depression Canzone 406
Jersey City palms 408
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