Private Lemonade

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"John Godrey stirs up the necessary darkness."—Clark Coolidge

"While others are busy catching their own reflections in the storefront of poetry, Godfrey goes to work on the damage and squalor of the overlooked. His genius rings true."—Peter Gizzi

Over the past three decades, Godfrey has been one of New York City’s most surefooted bards—in any type of weather. Private Lemonade weaves a series of ornate lyrics—sketches of a perennial evening and longing within the hum of traffic.

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Overview

"John Godrey stirs up the necessary darkness."—Clark Coolidge

"While others are busy catching their own reflections in the storefront of poetry, Godfrey goes to work on the damage and squalor of the overlooked. His genius rings true."—Peter Gizzi

Over the past three decades, Godfrey has been one of New York City’s most surefooted bards—in any type of weather. Private Lemonade weaves a series of ornate lyrics—sketches of a perennial evening and longing within the hum of traffic.

Since 1969, John Godfrey has lived in Manhattan’s East Village. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Push the Mule (The Figures, 2001).

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Godfrey's fantastic and frightening prose poetry, most recently put forth in Push the Mule (2001), finds its formally lighter counterweight in this book of 90 quick lyric hits, only two more than a page long, and often in three- or four-word-per-line tercets that read like serial haiku: "There before you/ Onus of beauty/ Reflect gold floors// Pay the fare/ light among girders/ in fact errs." Many of the images and ideas in these poems do seem "private" in the sense that they never fully resolve, or make their referents clear, but seem to linger suspended like the yellow colloidal drink of the title. One poem imparts the small overcoming of fear "by day/ getting used to/ the food of others," while another hopefully notes that for the New York skyline "There is still time left/ Towers extinguish/ the sky's alright." With affect and intensity to spare packed into these tight structures, Godfrey continues his singular exploration of the surprise encounters the city affords, at constantly varying scales, from "Print of rattan on your calf" to "Wet pavement's earthy spell." (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970625076
  • Publisher: Zephyr Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Adventures in Poetry Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Godfrey was born in New York in 1945. He has worked and written in New York's east village for more than three decades. Godfrey's recent books include Private Lemonade (Adventures in Poetry, 2003) and Push the Mule (The Figures, 2001). A graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University's School of Nursing, Godfrey works as a nurse clinician to AIDS patients in New York City. CITY OF CORNERS is his ninth collection.

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Table of Contents

Everything Beautiful 9
Vogue 10
Shadow Feet 11
Plush You 12
Disbelief 13
Unnameable 14
Shortcuts 15
Gravy 16
Private Lemonade 17
Footprints 18
That Place Anymore 19
Dents 20
Rockin' 21
Find Out 22
Idiot Might 23
Give Off 24
Bleach 25
Anywhere 26
Vitals 27
Downy Skin 28
Jubilee 29
Phenomenal 30
The Beautiful One 31
Something Up 32
Soothe 33
Express 34
Spread 35
Strokes 36
Front Seat 37
Knowhow 38
Pool Cake 39
It 40
Blush 41
Can't Say 42
Flourish 43
Flood Monkey 44
Dim, Dud 45
Protection 46
Dream Marble 47
Rain 48
Three Ways 49
Shrewd Breed 50
Expect 51
Amount 52
Attrition 53
Rotation 54
Flakes 55
Privacy 56
Dusty Hands 57
Plunder 58
The French Girl 59
Worthy 61
Dump 62
Water Everywhere 63
Mixed-up Supine 64
Big Picture 65
Allons 66
Cheer 67
Baby Proofs 68
Attractions 69
Filled Turn 70
Before You 71
Be There 72
Fuel Kiss 73
Food of Others 74
Napkin 75
Parade 76
People 77
Slope 78
Then the Brain 79
Whole 80
Sayonara 81
Importance 82
Alight 83
Priceless Sport 84
Original 85
Poem 86
Equals 88
Injury 89
Tide 90
Heavy Building 91
Savor 92
What 93
Wavy 94
Creed 95
Known 96
Dream More 97
Never Lands 98
Overlooked Nomads 99
Flash 100
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