Sunday, March 8, 2009

Introducing My New Book: Limousine, Midnight Blue

What I want is a poetry of what the Greeks called public life, expressed with the intensity and deadly earnest (not unrelieved by irony and humor) of the lyric. I want a tragic poetry whose sense is clear, and whose sound is a subtle, trance-inducing fugue, woven of phonetic subsystems -- consonant patterns, vowel patterns, patterns of rhyme (especially internal rhymes), and the varied, hypnotic rhythms of inspired metrical speech in a high style. That's what I have tried to achieve in my new, first book of poems, called Limousine, Midnight Blue: Fifty Frames from the Zapruder Film. It's blessed with enthusiastic endorsements from both Billy Collins and Peter Dale Scott. Read sample pages and watch trailer clips at my website,

I'm grateful for your interest in this book and I hope you may be moved to review it. Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. I share essentially all of your notions from this post. You forgot to mention identity poetry, though. I find most of it loathsome. Reginald Shepard pretty eloquently blogged about his distate for this kind of poetry a couple of years ago. See it here:


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