Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club by August Kleinzahler
Poems: 1975-1990

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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
wounded crystals
appearing, disappearing
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.

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 May 15, 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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London Review of Books

He talks here to Kasia Boddy about his stories and about his volume of selected poems, ‘In a Marine Light’, published last year 3 December 1981 Robert Taubman Travelling in circles 18 June 1981 D.J.

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