Tourist at a Miracle

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Poetry. "It's very rare to watch the birth of a new style. It's like watching through a new set of Proust's kaleidoscopes. Mark Statman has been working for years on a vision of himself and parts of the city concentrated and bare as any poetry. It's hard to compare it to anything except a commentary on the real and the imagined pointillist poems almost without figures and adjectives and false decorations. But it all adds up, like a fire hydrant taken by Rudy Burkhardt, because everything is unexaggerated, ...
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Poetry. "It's very rare to watch the birth of a new style. It's like watching through a new set of Proust's kaleidoscopes. Mark Statman has been working for years on a vision of himself and parts of the city concentrated and bare as any poetry. It's hard to compare it to anything except a commentary on the real and the imagined pointillist poems almost without figures and adjectives and false decorations. But it all adds up, like a fire hydrant taken by Rudy Burkhardt, because everything is unexaggerated, convincing as a street sign. He has gotten away from any lyric leftovers, and in his anti-anti-poems he makes a lot of magic and music out of elegies of a city mouse. He has a family, a loved wife, and son, and a past he has a constant politics and is not seduced by the political. He makes us bewildered tourists at his everyday miracle"--David Shapiro.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934909164
  • Publisher: Hanging Loose Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2010
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 1,467,153
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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TOURIST AT A MIRACLE is Mark Statman's first full collection of poetry. His poems, translations, and criticism have appeared in many anthologies and in such publications as American Poetry Review, THE HAT, HANGING LOOSE, Tin House, and Florida Review. His translation of Federico Garcia Lorca's Poet in New York (with Pablo Medina) has been widely praised; John Ashbery called it "the definitive version." He is also the author of LISTENER IN THE SNOW: THE PRACTICE AND TEACHING OF POETRY (Kenneth Koch said teaching poetry may never be the same again); THE ALPHABET OF THE TREES: A GUIDE TO NATURE WRITING (with Christian McEwen); and The Red Skyline: Poems, A Chapbook. His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Statman is an associate professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College of The New School and also taught for many years for Teachers & Writers Collaborative. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Katherine, and their son, Jesse.
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