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Private Lemonade
     

Private Lemonade

by John Godfrey
 

"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

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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.

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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Publishers Weekly
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970625076
Publisher:
Zephyr Press
Publication date:
04/01/2003
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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