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Say What You Will (Able Muse Book Award for Poetry)

Say What You Will (Able Muse Book Award for Poetry)

by Len Krisak

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Overview

In exquisitely crafted poems, Len Krisak's Say What You Will muses on a wide range of topics, in present-day and historic settings and relevance: ancient Tiberius, modern-day Halloween, cinema icons, and famous artwork, to name a few. Also included are accomplished translations that bring alive the meaning, feeling, and rhythm of the originals. These are poems delightfully wrought in masterful metrical poetry-nonce forms, sonnet, cento, quatrains, and others. This winner of the 2020 Able Muse Book Award is a collection filled with enlightenment, wonder, and inspiration.

PRAISE FOR SAY WHAT YOU WILL

With unerring artistry, Len Krisak's poems in Say What You Will extend an invitation with enormous erudition, sure, but equally with wit and charm, solemnity and grace, in this exquisite book.

    -Greg Williamson, author of A Most Marvelous Piece of Luck

In Len Krisak's Say What You Will, a voice comes to us from out of the Midwest, by way of ancient Italy. A formidable translator of Vergil and Horace, Krisak is attuned to echoes lingering in those gorgeous classical ruins that will outlast our century's bravest new structures. He's also attuned to the here-and-now in all its incongruities, a place where (in Krisak's hands) Chinese takeout turns out to rhyme with stakeout.

  These are footloose poems, happily ambling here and there, so the reader is hardly surprised if on one page you're in Russia and in another you're contemplating the Boston subway, or if one of Vermeer's silent beauties winds up beside the silent film star Louise Brooks.

Say What You Will is a smart and kindly book.

    -Brad Leithauser, 2020 Able Muse Book Award judge, author of Rhyme's Rooms

Readers should welcome Say What You Will, the newest book of accessible but challenging poems by Len Krisak. His subjects range from high culture to pop culture, and his well-crafted translations range from the ancient Greeks to Montale. This is one of the best collections of poetry in this pandemic year.

    -A. M. Juster, author of Wonder and Wrath

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Len Krisak graduated from the University of Michigan in 1970 and took his MA from Brandeis University in 1974. In Massachusetts, he worked as a textbook editor and English teacher at Brandeis, Northeastern University, Bentley University, and Stonehill College before retiring in 2010 to write poems and translate.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773490908
Publisher: Able Muse Press
Publication date: 10/29/2021
Pages: 68
Sales rank: 928,471
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

LEN KRISAK graduated from the University of Michigan in 1970 and took his MA and ABD from Brandeis University in 1974 and 1979 respectively. In Massachusetts, he worked as a textbook editor and English teacher at Brandeis, Northeastern University, Bentley University, and Stonehill College before retiring in 2010 to write poems and translate.

Table of Contents

vii Acknowledgments

3 A Matter of Time

4 Ala'llahi al-Mu'tamid on the Guadalquivir: An Anecdote Out of Halkin's Biography of Halevi

5 By the Seashore

6 Alimentum

7 Mr. Diana

8 Tiberius

9 After Charles d'Orléans

10 Sentenced

11 Father and Son Tossing a Football

12 Ulysses

13 Twenty

14 Deferred

15 Distance Work

16 After Callimachus

17 At the Verge

18 Zeitgebers

19 Smoke

20 The Eel

22 On Learning That Margaret Hamilton Summered for Forty Years on Cape Island, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

23 Ironed, Washed, Folded

25 In Petrovsky Park

26 Inscription on a Book

27 Common

28 Mourners' Candle

29 Grave

30 Song

31 The Books

32 Percentages

33 Cento: Q & A

34 Boston Subway Ramp, 6 A.M.

35 Lower Peninsula

36 Blue Two-Lobed Peanut M & M

37 Salvage

38 Woman with a Balance

39 . . . But Let It Be. The Buzz of a Cornet

40 Toy Horse

41 Little Room

42 Phenomenon

43 On the Etymology of a Prophylactic Gemstone in a Poem by Elizabeth Bishop

44 Continuity

45 Flood and Tower

46 After Housman

47 Poem for Louise Brooks

48 Auricomous, Oracle 1966, 161

49 Metaphor

50 Arctic Albatross

52 From a Line by Bogan

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