West Of Midnight

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A long overdue collection, WEST OF MIDNIGHT: NEW & SELECTED POEMS, by Franz Douskey, places new works alongside pieces drawn from a decades-spanning career to illustrate the breadth of an influential and singular voice in poetry. Franz Douskey's insights are uniquely his, his voice direct and his imagination meteoric. Douskey has lived long and large. His readings and travels with such notables as James Dickey, Allen Ginsberg, Ai, Charles Bukowski, and F. D. Reeve are legendary. The poems are rich in wit, ...
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Overview

A long overdue collection, WEST OF MIDNIGHT: NEW & SELECTED POEMS, by Franz Douskey, places new works alongside pieces drawn from a decades-spanning career to illustrate the breadth of an influential and singular voice in poetry. Franz Douskey's insights are uniquely his, his voice direct and his imagination meteoric. Douskey has lived long and large. His readings and travels with such notables as James Dickey, Allen Ginsberg, Ai, Charles Bukowski, and F. D. Reeve are legendary. The poems are rich in wit, irreverence and a furious honesty. Everything is autobiographical. From intimate relationships, political quagmires, baseball and eroticism, Douskey wields an acerbic wit and a delicate command of tone to dive into the contradictions that make us human. From the haunted urban alleys of a turbulent childhood to his rhapsodic journeys through the nocturnal deserts of the Southwest, Douskey revels both in the absurdity of modern civilization and the heart-stopping beauty of the natural world. --Robert Reinhardt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935520382
  • Publisher: The New York Quarterly Foundation
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 130
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author


Franz Douskey has published in Rolling Stone, the Nation, The New York Quarterly, The New Yorker and Las Vegas Life. His readings and travels with such notables as James Dickey, Allen Ginsberg, Ai, Charles Bukowski and F. D. Reeve are legendary. Some of his writing has been performed by Frederica Von Stade of the Metropolitan Opera Company, The Yale Glee Club and The Heaths. Along with writing, Franz Douskey produces radio shows for WQUN, Quinnipiac University, and hides out with the horses at Giant Valley Farm.
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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    Wonderful - irreverent, erotic, and full of mystery

    From "The Great Ambiguous Pleasure of Living in an Altered State" to "Twelve Ways of Seeing Georgia O'Keeffe," these poems pull you deeper into what makes music and art resonate so deeply in the human heart. And then there are others, like "Almost Cut my Hair, But Shot the TV Instead", or "The Alzheimer Academy of American Poets" - that are both humorous and dark. Unexpected juxtapositions throughout - I loved this book!

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