New and Selected Poems (1965-2006)

Overview

David Shapiro's poetry — from his acclaimed 1965 debut January to the recent poems included in this career-spanning collection — speaks with far-ranging erudition while playing across the surface of American English with a lyric sensibility unparalleled in contemporary verse. In this volume, his tenth book-length volume of poetry, readers can explore the breadth and depth of this iconoclastic poet's oeuvre.

Shapiro's work plumbs the ecstatic chaos of postmodern life with a voice...

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Overview

David Shapiro's poetry — from his acclaimed 1965 debut January to the recent poems included in this career-spanning collection — speaks with far-ranging erudition while playing across the surface of American English with a lyric sensibility unparalleled in contemporary verse. In this volume, his tenth book-length volume of poetry, readers can explore the breadth and depth of this iconoclastic poet's oeuvre.

Shapiro's work plumbs the ecstatic chaos of postmodern life with a voice that, in all its manifestations, remains simultaneously playful and lyrical. Including work from earlier Shapiro volumes such as Man Holding an Acoustic Panel and Lateness, this volume celebrates the impressive contribution of a New York poet whose experimental and intimate verse has earned him a significant place in our national letters.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In the mid-'60s Shapiro met, collaborated with and imitated—with impressive facility—the first generation of the so-called New York School, especially Ashbery. Four decades later, his smart, many-sided oeuvre includes books on art history and theory, and the nine volumes of spiky, demanding verse from which this volume selects. "Can I see you today for the whole day? How long will that be?/ Here is a present for you. A silver brain?" says one of Shapiro's many poems that explore the outer edges of sense. Shapiro's poems often retain his mentor's puzzling strangeness and charm, though without Ashbery's supple syntax; they also have a penchant for collage, Romantic lament combined with seeming nonsense, self-consciously postmodern self-description ("secret waves are breaking: abundance, enigmagram"), and varied length and form. Connoisseurs of difficulty have long found much to love in Shapiro's work. Yet as the collection swivels and swerves toward the present (and 10 new poems), Shapiro shows more of his learning in modern art, music and Judaica, as well as more of his emotional life, as in a quiet 2002 elegy: "It is not our custom to pray in the direction of the Tower of Babel/ And it's all ordinary, the stars, the stuff of love." (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468303360
  • Publisher: Overlook TP
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,393,449
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Shapiro has published art criticism and poetry in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Artforum, in addition to his many books. He has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was nominated for a National Book Award. He lives in Riverdale, New York.

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Table of Contents

From January (1965)

Canticle 12

The Pirates 13

From Travel 14

Two Poems on the Emotions 15

The Will 16

Zuzu at the Circus 18

January 19

Poem 20

Canticle 21

Recalling Palace Grounds 23

Deal Winter Composition 24

Other Flowers 25

First Love 27

Giants 28

Five Songs 29

The Bicycle Rider 30

From Poems from Deal (1969)

New World of the Will 32

In Memory of Your Body 33

The Heavenly Humor 34

Poems from Deal 35

To My Dead Son 38

For the Princess Hello 40

Master Canterel at Locus Solus 42

Elegy to Sports 45

Ode 47

From A Man Holding An Acoustic Panel (1971)

A Man Holding An Acoustic Panel 50

Taking A Look 62

About a Farmer Who Was Just a Little Boy 63

The Destruction of the Bulwarks at Deal 65

The Carburetor at Venice 66

From The Page-Turner (1973)

The Page-Turner 68

The Music Stand 70

The Night Sky 72

On Becoming a Person 74

A Problem 75

A Family Slide 76

Father Knows Best 78

View 79

Cascade 80

About this Course 81

From Lateness (1977)

Music Written to Order 90

Stay Stay Stay Stay 96

An Afternoon with a Lion 97

Snow at Night 98

The Devil's Trill Sonata 99

Lateness 120

From To An Idea (1983)

Falling Upwards 124

Unwritten 125

To An Idea 127

To Industry 128

An Exercise in Futility 129

Sphinx Skin 130

The Counter-Example 132

Commentary Text Commentary Text Commentary Text 133

House 134

An Early Egyptian Ship 135

The Index of First Lines 137

A Song 139

Venetian Blinds 144

Snow 145

Friday Night Quartet 146

November Twenty-Seventh 152

To the Page 153

Thin Snow 154

Four Lines 155

The Night Sky and to Walter Benjamin 156

Names and Addresses 157

To the Earth 158

From House (Blown Apart) (1988)

House (Blown Apart) 160

The Lost Golf Ball 176

To Our Critics 177

To a Swan 178

Untitled 179

Ordinary Unhappiness 180

From After a Lost Original (1994)

After a Lost Original 186

After 194

A Part for the Part 195

Broken Objects, Discarded Landscape 196

Dido to Aeneas 197

Goofy Plays Second Fiddle in the Family Quartet 199

You are The You 200

A Dream 201

"The Dead Will Not Praise You" 202

The Boss Poem 203

A Note and Poem by Joe Ceravolo in a Dream 204

The Seasons 205

From A Burning Interior (2002)

A Burning Interior 212

Song of the Eiffel Tower 223

Desire Lines 226

Dante and Beatrice (at Forty-Seven) 227

After Three Chinese Poems 229

Tall Rock In the Form of an Old Child 230

Bambino Ebreo 231

Christ in Prague 232

I Loved You Once by Pushkin 233

On a Tennis Court 234

A Found Golf Ball 235

Found Time 236

The Car in a Maze 237

In Memory of Goofy 238

A Cross for Joseph 239

Mary with Sleeping Child 241

A Song for Rudy Burckhardt 242

For the Evening Land 243

Winter Work 244

After Poetry 245

Weequahic Park in the Dark 246

In a Fold 248

New Poems (2007)

Don Quixote Reading 252

Colorful Hands 256

Hapax Legomena 257

A Riverdale Address 258

The Foot Speaks 260

Song for an Envelope 261

Little Low Tech 263

Song for Another Envelope 264

After Ryokan 265

Subject: A Song 266

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