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Selected Poems (Wesleyan Poetry) [Paperback]

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The Selected Poems James Tate's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection and his first British publication, gathers work from nine previous books, from the Lost Pilot which was a Yale Younger Poets selection in 1967, through his 1986 collection Reckoner. He is a most agile poet in a precarious world. Life is alarming and absurd, but properly considered that absurdity reveals, often with laughter, the something else by which we live. The poems are about our world, our wrecked, vexed love for it. Tate has been described as a surrealist. If that is what he is, his surrealism issues in a vision of a world delivered back to itself by his unillusioned subversion and candor.

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Studio: Wesleyan
Pages   250
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 1991
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819511927  
ISBN13  9780819511928  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1943. He is the author of sixteen books of poetry, including The Ghost Soldiers; Return to the City of White Donkeys; Memoir of the Hawk; Shroud of the Gnome; Worshipful Company of Fletchers, which won the National Book Award in 1994; Selected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award in 1991; Distance from Loved Ones; Reckoner; Constant Defender; Riven Doggeries; Viper Jazz; Absences; Hints to Pilgrims; The Oblivion Ha-Ha; and The Lost Pilot, which was selected by Dudley Fitts for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

James Tate currently resides in Amherst, in the state of Massachusetts. James Tate was born in 1943.

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A wonderful collection   Nov 6, 2006
I came across James Tate's poetry in an anthology of Prose Poems, and immediately fell in love with his style. That has spurred me on to get a representative collection of his writing, and by and large I have not been disappointed. This is a wonderful book, with some of the most imaginative use of images and language that I have come across. However, I believe that Tate's prose poems are superior to the rest of his writings, and would really like to read a collection of those. Overall, however, I do recommend this book to anyone interested in more modern poetry.
Hyperbole just isn't enough  Sep 15, 2005
James Tate is THE visionary poet of our age and this is his most comprehensive collection to date.

I have read, reread and read again every piece of Tate's writing I have been able to find since I was first exposed to Tate in a class I took with Rodney Jones (another excellent poet) nearly twenty years ago.

Little can compare with:

The Lost Pilot
Coming Down Cleveland Avenue
F@ck the Astronauts

...except the rest of this selected edition which often makes me forget even these masterpieces.

I have gone through 3 copies of this selected edition as I took a copy of it with me everywhere for years.
Bukowski is Old and Tired and Sensationalistic  Feb 12, 2005
...and so to equate him w/ Tate is laughable. Your hexes won't work 'round these parts.
The Man stands on the shoulders of Bukowski  Mar 20, 2003
(How does he do it?)
(Open letter to James Tate, stalwart UMass prof. :
you won't get any toys this X-mas -- many months away --
because you've leeched off the writings of Ole Buk and this is
funny because you possess the vitality and soul of a
110-pound Alabama sharecropper.)
LOVE IT!!  Nov 22, 2002
I had never even heard of James Tate until we began to study him in my 20th century literature class in college. Now I don't know how I had ever not been aware of this man. I love this book and his overall work. Some of my favorite poems from this collection are: The Pet Deer, Goodtime Jesus, and Neighbors. I was also lucky enough to have Tate come to my college last night and read some of his poems that have not yet been published. They are somewhat different from the ones in this book, but are also wonderful. He is an amazingly funny and talented man in real life, and his poetry and craft is some of the most impressive that I have ever read. Definately check it out!!

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