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David Shapiro

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ISBN 13: 9781468303360
Trim Size: 6 x 9
paperback
Overlook
12/24/2012

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David Shapiro's poetry — from his acclaimed 1965 debut January to the recent poems included in this career-spanning collection — speaks with far-ranging erudition while playing across the surface of American English with a lyric sensibility unparalleled in contemporary verse. In this volume, his tenth book-length volume of poetry, readers can explore the breadth and depth of this iconoclastic poet's oeuvre.

Shapiro's work plumbs the ecstatic chaos of postmodern life with a voice that, in all its manifestations, remains simultaneously playful and lyrical. Including work from earlier Shapiro volumes such as Man Holding an Acoustic Panel and Lateness, this volume celebrates the impressive contribution of a New York poet whose experimental and intimate verse has earned him a significant place in our national letters.

Praise for David Shapiro:

"Connoisseurs of difficulty have long found much to love in Shapiro's work. Yet as the collection swivels and swerves toward the present (and 10 new poems), Shapiro shows more of his learning in modern art, music, and Judaica, as well as more of his emotional life." —Publishers Weekly

"David Shapiro has an incredible mastery of the language and an ear sensitive to every nuance of idiom and rhythm." —Poetry

"Few contemporaries can temper the expression of pathos with as much elegance as Shapiro can." —Harold Bloom

"Very few contemporary poets exhibit such a fierce, magnetic clarity while searching through the ruins, or runes, for meaning." —Michael Palmer


David Shapiro has published art criticism and poetry in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Artforum, in addition to his many books. He has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was nominated for a National Book Award. He lives in Riverdale, New York.

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