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New and Selected Poems (1965-2006)
     

New and Selected Poems (1965-2006)

by David Shapiro
 

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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

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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.

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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From the Publisher
Praise for David Shapiro:

"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." —Publishers Weekly

"David Shapiro has an incredible mastery of the language and an ear sensitive to every nuance of idiom and rhythm." —Poetry

"Few contemporaries can temper the expression of pathos with as much elegance as Shapiro can." —Harold Bloom

"Very few contemporary poets exhibit such a fierce, magnetic clarity while searching through the ruins, or runes, for meaning." —Michael Palmer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468303360
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
12/31/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for David Shapiro:

"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." —Publishers Weekly

"David Shapiro has an incredible mastery of the language and an ear sensitive to every nuance of idiom and rhythm." —Poetry

"Few contemporaries can temper the expression of pathos with as much elegance as Shapiro can." —Harold Bloom

"Very few contemporary poets exhibit such a fierce, magnetic clarity while searching through the ruins, or runes, for meaning." —Michael Palmer

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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