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The Revisionist and The Astropastorals
RRP: GBP 10.39
ISBN: 978 1 784108 70 0
Categories: 21st Century, American, First Collections, Language
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2019
160 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle)
Chosen as a TLS Book of the Year 2019
This vital collection restores to print and prominence the work of Douglas Crase, a poet of revisionist invocations of the American landscape and transcendentalist tradition.
Douglas Crase is best known for a single book of poems, The Revisionist (1981). In the year of its publication John Ashbery urged Carcanet to consider it for British publication and now, thirty-eight years later, the book appears together with the chapbook entitled The Astropastorals (2017), which together constitute the core of Crase's poetic work.
He is among the crucial poets of his generation, but until now his work has not been widely available. An heir to Whitman, to Crane, to Ashbery, Crase deploys what he calls an American 'civil meter', throwing down a wry distinctively American prosodic gauntlet to readers and writers that is likely to be as discussed as Williams's 'variable foot'.
'Douglas Crase's poems are objects of profound and gentle beauty, both in their deliciously poised idiom, and in being monuments to the protean moments of a vast genera of life: civic, environmental, economic, stellar [...] These poems offer us an invitation to think not on but with and through the rhythms of civic life and of landscape. The result is expansive, rendering a sense of conviction that feels like a holding ambience, what Crase calls 'a marginal joy / Proceeding as common sense'.'
Sam Buchan-Watts, The London Magazine
'The meaning of home - inhabited or imagined, shared or secluded - is Crase's most persistent subject, and home is a place in which to experiment... Although he often dwells on the way things come together or come good, the activity or motion of his writing is centrifugal... The poet, in longing to arrive at himself, keeps looking elsewhere.'
Matthew Bevis, London Review of Books
'Crase looks at the city and the landscape with the amused, disabused eye of a lover.'
John Ashbery 'This is such anticipatory, massively omniscient edging work.'
Eileen Myles 'This expertly framed volume marks a lasting contribution to American poetry.'
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