Selected Poems

Selected Poems

by James Tate

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Overview

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1992)
Winner of the William Carlos Williams Award (1992)

The Selected Poems James Tate’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection and his first British publication, gathers work from nine previous books, from the Lost Pilot which was a Yale Younger Poets selection in 1967, through his 1986 collection Reckoner. He is a most agile poet in a precarious world. Life is alarming and absurd, but properly considered that absurdity reveals, often with laughter, the something else by which we live. The poems are about our world, our wrecked, vexed love for it. Tate has been described as a surrealist. If that is what he is, his surrealism issues in a vision of a world delivered back to itself by his unillusioned subversion and candor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819511928
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 06/14/1991
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 234,738
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

JAMES TATE grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of The Lost Pilot (1967), The Oblivion Ha-Ha (1970), Hints to Pilgrims (1971), Absences (1972), Viper Jazz (1976), Riven Doggeries (1979), Constant Defenders (1983), and Reckoner (1986). He teaches at the University of Massachusetts and lives in Amherst.

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There is so much to be corrected here,
so many scribbles and grumbles, blind premonitions./ How does one interpret, on this late branch, the unexpected?

Table of Contents

I from The Lost Pilot (1967),
II from The Oblivion Ha-Ha (1970),
III from Hints to Pilgrims (1971),
IV from Absences (1972),
V from Hottentot Ossuary (1974),
VI from Viper Jazz (1976),
VII from Riven Doggeries (1979),
VIII from Constant Defender (1983),
IX from Reckoner (1986),

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John Ashbery

“…allows us finally to take the measure of his genius: passionate, humane, funny, tragic, and always surprising and mind-delighting.”

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"This volume performs a valuable service by drawing together the best of Tate's work from many individual collections, some of them now quite rare. It allows us finally to take the measure of his genius: passionate, humane, funny, tragic, and always surprising and mind-delighting. Not unexpectedly, it confirms his standing as one of the finest voices of his generation"—John Ashbery. "A poet of mad wit and stunning anecdote. Tate is now in the fullness of his powers. A volume not to be missed"—Julian Moynahan

"allows us finally to take the measure of his genius: passionate, humane, funny, tragic, and always surprising and mind-delighting."—John Ashbery

Julian Moynahan

“This volume performs a valuable service by drawing together the best of Tate’s work from many individual collections, some of them now quite rare. It allows us finally to take the measure of his genius: passionate, humane, funny, tragic, and always surprising and mind-delighting. Not unexpectedly, it confirms his standing as one of the finest voices of his generation”—John Ashbery. “A poet of mad wit and stunning anecdote. Tate is now in the fullness of his powers. A volume not to be missed”

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Tunguz More than 1 year ago
I came across James Tate's poetry in an anthology of Prose Poems, and immediately fell in love with his style. That has spurred me on to get a representative collection of his writing, and by and large I have not been disappointed. This is a wonderful book, with some of the most imaginative use of images and language that I have come across. However, I believe that Tate's prose poems are superior to the rest of his writings, and would really like to read a collection of those. Overall, however, I do recommend this book to anyone interested in more modern poetry.
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