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"Different poets possess different powers. So Lippman has eros and humor; somehow, also, he has a great, unfalsifiable affection for human nature. But his work is also empowered by verbal gusto, a faith in the joy of saying. . . . Full of exuberance and invention, flush with the stuff of struggle in the world, bright colored with mood, The New Year of Yellow is a defense of human nature. I believe in its animal instinct, its god-sanctioned, oxygen-breathing, self-evident inalienable right to pronounce."
-From the Foreward by Tony Hoagland
In The New Year of Yellow, Matthew Lippman gives voice to a bummed-out, pissed-off tender heart-a hopeless, cranky romantic "I" with love handles, a joint, and a penchant for blondes. Meet beloved Harvey Pekar crossed with the soul of Frank O'Hara, the great suburban middle-wage guy who, when no one is looking, abandons his anger and disappointment just long enough to reveal what's really underneath-an irreverent affection for life.
Winner of the 2005 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, selected by Tony Hoagland, this debut writer has an adorable, old soul. With poems like "Everyone Wants a Monkey," "It Is Time for Me to Start Making Love to Joni Mitchell," and "Surf Buddha," it's not easy to know what to expect of Lippman, but one thing is for sure-you're going to laugh. Out loud.
Matthew Lippman is a writer and a teacher. Currently he teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at Chatham High School in upstate New York, and has been a member of the faculty, Writing Division, in Columbia University's Summer Program for High School Students, as well as an instructor at The Gotham Writers' Workshop. In 1990 he received his MFA from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and in 1997 he was granted a Master's in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. His poetry has been published widely in such journals as The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The Best American Poetry of 1997, and Tikkun. In 1991 he was the recipient of the James Michener/Paul Engle Poetry Fellowship from the University of Iowa; in 2004 he won a New York State Foundation of the Arts grant for his fiction.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Sarabande Books
ISBN 1932511466 ISBN13 9781932511468
Availability 0 units.
More About Matthew Lippman
Lippman currently teaches high school, and he has taught at Columbia University's Summer Program for High School Students, as well as at The Gotham Writers' Workshop. In 1990 he received his MFA from the University of Iowa and in 1997 he was granted a Masters in English Education from Columbia University. He lives upstate New York.
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Poetry For The Rest of Us Feb 19, 2007
In the interest of full disclosure, I grew up with Matt Lippman, but that doesn't mean I HAVE to like his poems. Well, I do. They made me laugh, smile, get a little wistful and nostalgic and scratch my head more than a few times and go, "Huh?". I confess that I don't always "get" poetry, but when I do "get" it, I really enjoy it. Matt has a way of putting things that gets right to the core of what he's feeling, and often what he's feeling is something we have felt or are feeling too, like getting fat, getting older, going without sex, thinking about past loves and people we've known, and of course, MONKEYS. So, I'm not a writer of poems, but I know what I like, and I sincerely enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to what is coming next from Matt Lippman!