The early poems of an American master
"I have loved the air outside Shop-Rite Liquor
on summer evenings
better than the Marin hills at dusk
lavender and gold
stretching miles to the sea.
At the junction, up from the synagogue
a weeknight, necessarily
and with my father--
a sale on German beer.
Air full of living dust:
bus exhaust, air-borne grains of pizza crust
among streetlights and unsuccessful neon."
August Kleinzahler's first collections won him a cult following but have long been out of print and hard to find. Here Kleinzahler--acclaimed by The Times (London) for the "vision and confident skill to make American poetry new"--has selected the best of the poems collected in Storm over Hackensack (1985) and Earthquake Weather (1989) and added an autobiographical Preface.
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Published May 15, 2000
by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Literature & Fiction.