In The Hairy Arms of Whitman by Bill Kushner
(New York Poets series)

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The newest book from one of America's most passionately inventive poets, Bill Kushner, will be featured in the launch of Melville House Publishing's NEW YORK POETS series, the new series meant to tell the rest of the world about the poets they talk about in America's poetry capital.

Kushner has long been packing them in for his readings in New York's poetry underground—places such as the KGB Bar and the Cornelia Street Café. Now, In The Hairy Arms of Whitman shows off for the rest of the country how the Bronx-born son of impoverished Russian immigrants has twisted together the strands of New York's greatest poetry movements to come up with a style that is uniquely his own—as offbeat and relentless as Alan Ginsberg and the Village Beatniks, as funny and intellectually sharp as the New York School's John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara, and as spiritually searching and inspiring as New York's first bard, Walt Whitman.

In The Hairy Arms of Whitman puts on full display the talents that have long made Kushner a downtown favorite in New York—the linguistic lushness and quirkiness, the conversational wit and personal narrative forms, and the warming quality of compassion and scrappy perseverance.

Bill Kushner's In The Hairy Arms of Whitman is an affirming tour de force by an important poet.

About Bill Kushner

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BILL KUSHNER is the author of five books of poetry, Love Uncut, Head, He Dreams of Waters, That April and Night Fishing. He is a 1999 winner of a New York Foundation of the Arts Award, and his work appears in Poetry After 9/11 and Best American Poetry 2002, guest-edited by Robert Creeley. He lives in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood.
Published April 1, 2003 by Melville House. 128 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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(June)Forecast:Following on the success of their New York–based anthology Poetry After 9/11, this is one of the first books in Melville House's new New York Poets series, which "features the work of poets long admired in New York and beyond for their development of a distinctive idiom and a uniqu...

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