Green Sees Things in Waves by August Kleinzahler

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In August Kleinzahler's most powerful and inventive collection to date, he succeeds in creating a new idiom for American lyric poetry that captures the velocity and swerves of contemporary life. Kleinzahler's breadth of emotional register and his variety of subject matter are remarkable. The effects can be haunting, sometimes dazzling, always memorable.
 

About August Kleinzahler

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August Kleinzahler's most recent collections are Green Sees Things in Waves (FSG, 1998) and Red Sauce, Whiskey and Snow (FSG, 1995). He lives in San Francisco, where he writes a music column for The San Diego Weekly Reader.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by Farrar Strauss & Giroux. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Taking a cue from the collage art of Joseph Cornell and Ezra Pound, Kleinzahler arranges his images for sonic effect since, as —Glossolalia All the Way to Buffalo— suggests, —words come loose/of their moorings and fall apart.— —52 Pick-Up— is little more than a selection of evocative words and ph...

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His work balances seemingly offhand notation against large elegiac intentions, much as it sets the slang his characters use against comic, or precise, five-dollar words--""magisterial,"" ""griseous,"" ""perpend."" Drawing for structure and attitude on Frank O'Hara and Wallace Stevens, and for det...

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Boston Review

August Kleinzahler seems like the last poet who would try to explain himself in public terms.

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