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The Perfect Hour
     

The Perfect Hour

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by Blas Falconer
 

Poetry. Gay and Lesbian Studies. These seventeen poems bespeak a lifetime of growth and pain. Blas Falconer writes of family and friends, of travel and home. But mostly he writes, from deep within his heart, of living as a gay man in a hetero world. For him, the "perfect hour" is a time when nothing should be changed, not even the length of that hour. For him,

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Poetry. Gay and Lesbian Studies. These seventeen poems bespeak a lifetime of growth and pain. Blas Falconer writes of family and friends, of travel and home. But mostly he writes, from deep within his heart, of living as a gay man in a hetero world. For him, the "perfect hour" is a time when nothing should be changed, not even the length of that hour. For him, whether he's writing about his mother, his grandmother, or a rather unusual child, the issue is always, "Love them, love them."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929355310
Publisher:
Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Perfect Hour

The dog empties his lungs in one long sigh.
The cat stops to join the room’s stillness.
After this. And before the phone begins
to miss the sound of its bells. Then. I do
not want. No sip of water. No wool socks
despite the first frost or deep cold night.
No one. Not even for the hour to last
longer than it might.

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"The Perfect Hour is stunning: lyrical, fierce, and always elegantly crafted. These poems mark the debut of a most promising new voice in American poetry. Blas Falconer is a poet to watch."

Meet the Author


Bill Zavatsky was born in 1943 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He holds B.A. and M.F.A degrees from Columbia University, and has lived in New York since 1965. He has taught on all levels of education since 1971, but since the fall of 1987 his home base has been the 9th, 10th, and 12th grades at the Trinity School in New York City, where he teaches English, creative writing, and film courses. In the seventies and eighties, Mr. Zavatsky directed the publication efforts of SUN, an independent literary press, bringing out thirty-five titles as well as several issues of SUN magazine and a two-shot specialty publication called Roy Rogers. He is the author of two books of poems, Where X Marks the Spot and Theories of Rain and Other Poems, two volumes of translation (Valery Larbaud and Andr‚ Breton), and has published his work in many magazines and in anthologies, including The Face of Poetry, Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, and The Jazz Poetry Anthology. His poems have served as liner notes for recordings by jazz pianists Bill Evans and Marc Copland. He himself has been a musician since childhood and specializes in jazz piano and the blues. The translation that he did with Zack Rogow of the Breton volume Earthlight won the PEN/Book-of-the Month Translation Prize in 1993. He has also written extensively on creative writing since he began teaching in 1971, including articles on Ramon Gomez de la Serna, Walt Whitman, and William Carlos Williams. With Ron Padgett, he co-edited a major anthology of creative writing and art ideas called The Whole Word Catalogue 2. A revised translation (with Ron Padgett) of The Poems of A.O. Barnabooth by Valery Larbaud was republished in 2008. Mr. Zavatsky has read his work widely over the years, from Los Angeles to Cape Cod, from the Museum of Modern Art to the "Lunch Poems" series at the University of California at Berkeley. He has received grants in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2007 and in 2008 he received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, which also named him the MacDowell Poet for 2007-2008.

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The Perfect Hour 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't judge this book by its cover. While this collection's binding is eye-catchingly fantastical, its poems are well-rooted in the concrete imagery readers thrive on. Not to mention its interesting perspectives and intriguing lyricism found on every page. No mistake--this is poetry.