Tasker Street

Overview

Winner of the 1991 Juniper Prize sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Press.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $9.28   
  • Used (7) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

Winner of the 1991 Juniper Prize sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Press.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
How to bridge the gap between his reader's experiences and his own is the question Halliday poses, but fails to answer, in this collection. A mean-spirited rejection of another poet's confessional piece suggests the pointlessness of such literary efforts. ``Put that poem back in your fat little filing cabinet. / And then what? Then what? Then try to be strong: / like . . . a tree; / a tree's nobility is poemless.'' Halliday's ( Little Star ) self-consciousness about the poetic act, which he nevertheless commits, limits the appeal of his work. In one piece, a paddler in an odorous, yellow-green swamp is prompted to affirm that life ``is not about books.'' But the poem fails to convey any sense of why the swamp is a compelling setting for this admission. Halliday is rarely emotionally engaged with his subjects. One long poem mocks Yuppiedom with a cleverness that never delves beneath the surface. ``God, you should see Wendy's pottery / . . . some of her glazes / are really original (it's not just me who says so).'' Other satirical poems that render the voices of people seeking release from life's unpleasant realities reveal none of their Middle American subjects' complexities. (June)
Library Journal
Halliday's second poetry collection, winner of the 1991 Juniper Prize, is filled with poems that penetrate to our hearts. The poems themselves are full of details and are very conversational in tone, much like the poems of Miller Williams. Witness these lines from ``Vegetable Wisdom,'' which are strong even when taken out of context: ``You seem to believe I'm a future lover or brother/ whose heart holds a certain space waiting to be filled.'' Throughout, Halliday uses proper nouns to help give a sense of place and identity. Often autobiographical in nature, but still moving beyond the personal, the poems work well as a whole. One can easily appreciate their moments of truth. Highly recommended for most libraries. --Lenard D. Moore, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake Cty . , N.C.
Booknews
Winner of the 1991 Juniper Prize, the annual poetry award sponsored by the U. of Massachusetts Press. Paper edition unseen, $9.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870237775
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Series: Juniper Prize Series
  • Pages: 86
  • Product dimensions: 0.21 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

The Truth 3
Neville Cairns 5
Vegetable Wisdom 7
Green Canoe 9
Shopping with Bob Berwick 10
Seventh Avenue 12
On the History of Poetry 14
Lionel Trilling 16
Chekhov 18
The Turn 19
Ode: The Capris 23
Roots 25
64 Elmgrove 27
Polack Reverie 28
Family 30
Grief 31
Failure 32
Another Man 33
Fidelity 34
Joan Armatrading 35
New Wife 36
Summer Perdu 41
Biography 42
Sax's and Selves 43
Couples 45
Population 49
Reality U.S.A. 51
The Zoo's Librarian 55
Fox Point Health Clinic, 1974 59
Back Street Guy 61
Winchendon 63
Springtime For You 65
Already in 1927 69
Gray Checked Scarf 71
Nicholas in the Park 72
My Strange New Poetry 73
My Moral Life 74
Tasker Street 76
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)