Selected Poems

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In Selected Poems, we experience the full range of James Schuyler's achievement, confirming that he was among the late twentieth century's truly vital and distinctive poetic voices. One of the most significant writers of the New York School—which unofficially included John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and Kenneth Koch, among others—Schuyler was strongly influenced by both art and music in his work, often incorporating rapid shifts in sound, shape, and color within his poems that almost gave his work the effect of a ...

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Overview

In Selected Poems, we experience the full range of James Schuyler's achievement, confirming that he was among the late twentieth century's truly vital and distinctive poetic voices. One of the most significant writers of the New York School—which unofficially included John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and Kenneth Koch, among others—Schuyler was strongly influenced by both art and music in his work, often incorporating rapid shifts in sound, shape, and color within his poems that almost gave his work the effect of a collage and engendered comparisons with Whitman and Rimbaud.

"This long-overdue collection confirms what many of us have long suspected: that Schuyler is simply the best we have."--John Ashbery

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Schuyler's Selected Poems includes over 100 poems, spanning the breadth of his distinguished career as a writer. At his best, Schuyler manages to be simultaneously particular and expansive, zooming in on the smallest detail and panning the big picture at the same time. Though his discursiveness may not be to every reader's taste, his is a unique voice. Not many of his contemporaries are attempting 48-page poems, as Schuyler does in the ``Morning of the Poem.'' His generous spirit and quirky humor are apparent throughout this collection. Grace Bauer, formerly with New Orleans P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374530891
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Series: FSG Classics Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 790,162
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

James Schuyler (1923-91) received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for The Morning of the Poem in 1981.

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Table of Contents


Introduction   John Ashbery     xi
From Freely Espousing [1969]
Salute     3
Freely Espousing     4
February     6
A Reunion     8
"The Elizabethans Called It Dying"     9
Faberge     10
A White City     11
December     12
A Man in Blue     13
Sestina     15
An Almanac     17
Hudson Ferry     18
April and Its Forsythia     20
Roof Garden     21
May 24th or so     22
Today     23
Sorting, wrapping, packing, stuffing     25
Seeking     27
Milk     30
Going     31
The Master of the Golden Glow     32
Stun     34
Poem (How about an oak leaf)     35
Now and then     36
Buried at Springs     41
From the Home Book: Prose and Poems, 1951-1970 [1977]
Poem (I do not always understand what you say.)     45
Jelly Jelly     46
A Head     47
From the Crystal Lithium [1972]
Empathy and New Year     51
In January     55
InEarliest Morning     56
An East Window on Elizabeth Street     58
Scarlet Tanager     59
Light Blue Above     61
The Edge in the Morning     62
"Used Handkerchiefs 5[cent]"     64
Light from Canada     65
Gulls     66
Closed Gentian Distances     67
September     68
Evening Wind     69
Slowly     70
A Gray Thought     71
Verge     72
A Stone Knife     74
The Crystal Lithium     76
Eyes     81
The Night     83
Letter to a Friend: Who Is Nancy Daum?     85
We Are Leaves     91
Await     94
Steaming Ties     96
Watching You     98
Letter Poem #3     100
From Hymn to Life [1974]
Beautiful Funerals     103
Our Father     108
Poem (This beauty that I see)     111
To Frank O'Hara     112
Unlike Joubert     114
Eyes at the Window     115
Shimmer     117
Greenwich Avenue     118
Just Before Fall      119
Buttered Greens     121
In Wiry Winter     126
So Good     128
October     130
A blue towel     131
The Bluet     134
Standing and Watching     135
The Green Door     136
The Day     137
The Walk     139
Awoke     142
Afterward     143
Hymn to Life     145
From the Morning of the Poem [1980]
This Dark Apartment     161
June 30, 1974     163
Korean Mums     166
Song (The light lies layered in the leaves.)     168
Wystan Auden     169
Dining Out with Doug and Frank     171
The Payne Whitney Poems: Trip     179
We Walk     179
Arches     180
Linen     180
Heather and Calendulas     181
Back     181
Blizzard     182
February 13, 1975     183
Sleep     183
Pastime     184
What     184
The Morning of the Poem     186
From A Few Days [1985]
A Few Days     237
The Snowdrop     266
This Notebook     267
Velvet Roses     268
At Darragh's I     269
Amy Lowell Thoughts     271
Beaded Balustrade     272
People who see bubbles rise     273
En Route to Southampton     275
Faure's Second Piano Quartet     276
Red Brick and Brown Stone     277
What Ails My Fern?     279
Procession     281
Tom     282
Suddenly     286
Index of Titles     287
Index of first Lines     291
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