Area Code 212 by Frederick Seidel

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Area Code 212 is the journey's end in ice and flames of Seidel's brilliant Cosmos Poems trilogy. Reversing the order and outlook of Dante's Divine Comedy, Seidel's three-book series begins in the heavens (with The Cosmos Poems) and then descends steeply--through the Purgatory of Life on Earth, the second volume--to at last arrive at home, in Manhattan, with its famous area code.

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Frederick Seidel's previous books of poems include The Cosmos Trilogy; Final Solutions; Sunrise, These Days; and Poems, 1959-1979. He received the 2002 PEN/Voelker Award for Poetry.
Published October 30, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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These and the other 30 poems here are coldblooded recitations of postures toward, feelings about and descriptions of a world in love with itself and with money and violence—as reflected in the speaker, who reveals details about "Fred Seidel" in previous books, but here confines himself to "go[ing...

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