Twice Removed: Poems

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Poems, said Robert Lowell, should be events, not records of events. The poems of Twice Removed are events, set in the "bright between," that place between short days and long shadows, between past and future, between the inviolate self and the public person.

In this third collection, Angel writes the arias of our subtext, provoking in the reader the recognition of longings just beyond reach of articulation. And though his poems are addressed to complexity, the language is not ...

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Overview


Poems, said Robert Lowell, should be events, not records of events. The poems of Twice Removed are events, set in the "bright between," that place between short days and long shadows, between past and future, between the inviolate self and the public person.

In this third collection, Angel writes the arias of our subtext, provoking in the reader the recognition of longings just beyond reach of articulation. And though his poems are addressed to complexity, the language is not obscure: Angel's intense, visionary lyricism arrives in a seamless weave of elegance and streetwise savvy, the cadences somehow hypnotic and urgent at once. This is a poet with the audacity to push the very limits of the American idiom in order to say things that could not previously be said, using sounds not previously heard. Ralph Angel stands as an American original, and Twice Removed is a book that will expand his already large and passionate audience of readers.

Ralph Angel is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Neither World, which received the 1995 James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets, and Anxious Latitudes, which was published in the Wesleyan University Press New Poets Series. His work has been collected in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, New American Poets of the '90s, and Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature. His most recent honors include a Pushcart Prize and awards from the Fulbright Foundation, Poetry magazine, and the Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain. Originally from Seattle, Mr. Angel now lives in Los Angeles.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Neither World, winner of the 1995 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, is an exhilarating, heartbreaking, deliciously subversive place.
Antioch Review
Donald Revell
Upon replenished, uncultivated ground, the wildness of mere being comes clear. In Neither World, Ralph Angel does not so much seek as see the wild in fierce disclosure.
Tomaz Salamun
He is one of America's very best poets. A true visionary.
Mark Doty
Angel's poems are stamped indelibly with the mark of a unique, shaping imagination, and they're fresh with news of how it feels to live right now.
Gail Wronsky
Neither World, winner of the 1995 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, is an exhilarating, heartbreaking, deliciously subversive place.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889330587
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 73
  • Sales rank: 1,211,544
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Angel is the author of four poetry books: Anxious Latitudes; Neither World, which received the 1995 James Laughlin Award; Twice Removed; and Exceptions and Melancholies: Poems 1986-2006. He teaches at the University of Redlands, and a member of the MFA Program in Writing faculty at Vermont College. Originally from Seattle, he lives in Los Angeles.
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Poem by Ralph Angel: "And More" I open my eyes again. So be it, / good. Don't leave. The dark slides into slippers / easily. The quiet finds a robe. The room / rises and is falling with your / breathing. As if / I'd never seen you sleeping, / in this house and warmth, / at this hour, this bed / I can't quite / put my finger on / and like.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Twice Removed 15
Months Later 17
The Nothing That Is 18
The Local Language 19
Late for Work 20
And More 22
Breathing Out 23
Even Because 25
There Was a Silence 29
Untitled 30
In the Calm 32
Kapparah 33
A Second Silence 34
Untitled 35
Like Animals 36
Half Circle 37
It Takes a While to Disappear 39
Such Weather 41
Decalogue 45
Twilight 53
Cul-de-sac 54
Interior Landscape 55
You Think It's a Secret But It Never Was One 56
Alpine Wedding 57
Between Murmur and Glare 59
A Waltz for Debbie 61
The Vigil 62
And So Asks 63
Silk 65
Tidy 66
This 68
From the Balcony 69
The Author 71
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2002

    It was awesome, I loved it!

    It was probably the best poetry book I have ever read! It had so many well chosen poems in it. IT WAS GREAT!

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