Some Assembly Required by George Bradley

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George Bradley, whose previous work has drawn praise from James Merrill and Harold Bloom, here meditates on contemporary culture, on the natural world and the world imagined, and on the life of the poet. Whether he is standing in line at the SuperSave, where tabloids beckon, or contemplating the change of seasons in a classic sonnet sequence, Bradley juxtaposes the sublime workings of the mind with the mundane static that surrounds it. What he finds in this conjunction is a surprising beauty, a uniquely contemporary formal music, and, often, a curative dose of humor. Even verse itself is not exempt from his clarifying view, as he proves in “How I Got in the Business,” a wild ride through several sorts of commerce, including the poetry trade. Throughout Some Assembly Required, Bradley savors both the riveting accident of everyday life and the long view afforded by art, in poetry that is taut, witty, and dynamic.

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George Bradley was born in Roslyn, New York, and was educated at Yale University and the University of Virginia. His fi rst volume of poems, "Terms to Be Met, was chosen by James Merrill as the winner of the 1985 Yale Younger Poets Prize. Bradley has published two other books of verse," Of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (1991) and "The Fire Fetched Down (1996), and he is also the editor of "The Yale Younger Poets Anthology (1998). Among the awards he has received are the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Peter I. B. Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets. George Bradley lives near the river of rivers in Chester, Connecticut. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published August 7, 2001 by Knopf. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The long sendup "How I Got in the Business" comically juxtaposes mob-backed olive oil sales with poetic self-presentation, without quite managing to dis the hallowed bildung trinity of Cambridge, Mass.'s Grolier Poetry Book Shop, the New Yorker and the 92nd Street Y.

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