Rider by Mark Rudman
The Quintet, vol. 1 (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

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Mark Rudman – poet, essayist, translator, and teacher – has consistently pursued questions of human relationship and identity, and in Rider he takes the poetry of autobiography and confessional to a new plane. In a polyphonic narrative that combines verse with lyrical prose and often humorous dialogue, Rudman examines his own coming-of-age through the lens of his relationships with his grandfather, father, step-father, and son. These memories emerge against the background of a family history anchored in the traditions of Judaism and the culture of the diaspora.

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Mark Rudman teaches poetry at New York University and received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Rider. He is also the editor of Pequod.
Published March 1, 2011 by Wesleyan. 125 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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But Rudman reserves most of his poetic energy for the book's dominant theme, Venice, where ""everything is swirling"" and ""what cannot be effaced, erased, or reproduced, is experience."" The last two sequences, ""Venice: The Return in Winter,"" are his most extensive and innovative, and most tau...

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In an elegant, elegiac poem that recovers his relationship with his rabbi stepfather, ``the Jewish Rider,'' Rudman ( Diverse Voices ) has created a formal tour de force in which grief, memory and passion are dramatically played out in an elongated question and answer session.

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