Barry Gifford’s spare eloquence considers such diverse topics as his friend Allen Ginsberg's death, the art of Vermeer, a cowboy wino, and September 11th in this collection of new poems. Delving into themes of love and death, Gifford offers heartbreaking verse such as "You sleep with my soul in your mouth/When we kiss I can taste it" and "If you can choose, it's not love." Although the work as a whole is anchored in America, these poems are set around the world, from Canada to Mexico, from Cuba to England. The poems invite identification with varied people and situations, no matter how seemingly foreign, often providing moments of poignant revelation.
|Publisher:||Light of New Orleans Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.32(d)|
About the Author
Barry Gifford is the recipient of awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Library Association, and the Writers Guild of America. His novels include Night People, which was awarded the Premio Brancati in Italy; The Phantom Father, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Wild at Heart, which inspired a David Lynch film of the same title; and Wyoming, which was named a Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year. He is the coauthor of screenplays for the David Lynch film Lost Highway and Matt Dillon's City of Ghosts. His writing has appeared in such publications as Esquire, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. He lives in Berkeley, California.