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Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (256 pages)
(Pub. May 1997)
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?
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 candour. This book, John Ashbery says, 'allows us finally to take the measure of his genius: passionate, humane, funny, tragic, and always surprising and mind-delighting.'`
`American poetry, in desperate need of real vision, is being finally rewarded with the genuine article.'
Jorie Graham ` . . .he has the rare ability to be very, very funny on the page . . .'
New York Times Book Review
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