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The New York Quarterly, Number 60 [Paperback]

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Since its founding in 1969 by William Packard, The New York Quarterly has been devoted to excellence in the publication of a unique and fervent cross-section of contemporary American poetry regardless of school of thought, style, or genre. Our only concern is to focus on the craft that underlies effective poetry writing. The New York Quarterly features works by both known and emerging poets. The NYQ Craft Interviews present the views of some of our most outstanding poets on the general subjects of style, prosody and technique. The issues are rounded out with an essay or two on the subject of contemporary American poetry that is both accessible and meaningful to readers, poets, students, and teachers of poetry alike. NYQ 60 features a craft interview with Gary Goude; an editorial on poetry and real life; an essay, "Poems from the Crypt Don't Speak to Living People," by Linda Lerner; and poetry by Charles Bukowski, Gary Goude, David Lehman, Antler, Lyn Lifshin, Roger Armbrust, William E. Dudley, Taylor Graham, William Baer, Constantine Contogenis, Tony Demarest, Paul Hicks, Bob Watts, Smith, Tony Gloeggler, Mary de Rachewiltz, Stephen Stepanchev, Andrew Glaze, Lisa Palma, Katherine Litwin, Yoon Sik Kim, Simon Perchik, Scott Odom, Monte Holman, Ira Joe Fisher, Kevin Dobbs, Jo McKendry, Franz Douskey, Todd Moore, Douglas Treem, Candace Polson, Douglas Goetsch, Beth Cagle Burt, Fred Johnson, Shelly Stenhouse, Corrine De Winter, Judith Cody, Nicole Blackman, Karen S. Rigby, Don Winter, Isabel Campos, Emanuel di Pasquale, Bruce Lader, Michael Pegausch, Justin Marks, Ted Jonathan, Matthew Yeager, Lisa Dickler Awano, and Antonio de Nicolas.

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Pages   108
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 5.91" Height: 0.31"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 2007
Publisher   The New York Quarterly
ISBN  1934423602  
ISBN13  9781934423608  

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Gary Goude's Authentic, Singular Poetry  Aug 2, 2007

Role, structure, external facts and processes, conditions relatively independent of present desires and future goals of acting individuals, have come to dominate life in the United States. The constraints of a rationalized world allow less and less for people to be thoughtful, skillful, creative and well-rounded. Sociologist George Ritzer sees a society developing where people are "locked in a series of rationalized structures, their only mobility from one rationalized system to the next." In New York Quarterly #60, L.A. machinist Gary Goude laments the development of the university run creative writing program into yet another rationalized system. Goude implies there simply is no external guideline, no ordinance or structure, which can help one create the authentic, passionate, and singular poetry of an Arthur Rimbaud, an Anne Sexton, and a Charles Bukowski. In his poetry, Goude takes the grit of daily life and allows it to be shaped through some intuitive-instinctual process into poems that present real places, real things, and real people, often in a startling light. Goude's choice to write poems from the gut is apparent in his craft: seamlessness of style and tone, economy of phrase. No academically-vetted language. No disneyfication of subject matter. No fluff.
Further, Goude suggests poets can't be satisfied with competence; they must live the sort of tiger lives that cultivate the vision needed to write tiger poems, singular and distinguished poems. Obsessed with immediate reality, Goude views poetry as struggle rather than a career:"If you are thinking of yourself as a poet or a writer like it is a career path,like becoming an accountant or a lawyer, you are making a terrible error. The writing must never come from that kind of thinking."

Alas, in American guidelines now exist that detail how virtually everything we do is to be done in all situations. Americans move from rationalized educations to rationalized workplaces to rationalized homes. Even the escape routes are de-individualized: T.V., Play station, C.D. It only makes sense that Americans are now enculturated to write rationalized, assembly-line poems. Thank god, or whomever, that Goude's poems are not just more Great American Bake-off confections coming out of the creative writing scams known as MFA programs.

Gary Goude Nails It About Poetry  Jul 7, 2007
Gary Goude is a machine shop worker in Los Angeles. He's also a Vietnam vet. And he happens to write the most gut-wrenchingly real poetry you'll have read since the death of the originator of blood and guts poetry Charles Bukowski, who interestingly enough, found an audience among the uppity poetry folks when he was first published in the NYQ back in the early '70s. Well, folks, Gary Goude is the new Bukowski. His stuff is about the real everyday hell we all go through. He is an every man. Married. Divorced. On the outs with one son and now the other. He can't maintain a a relationship with a woman. He has few friends. His trust in his fellow man all gone. And he self medicates with alcohol. He's nearing 60 and his words should be read by everyone who can't stand regular, dull, lifeless, having nothing to do with anything poetry, you know, the flowery bullcrap that makes no sense and means even less than the next word out of President Bush's mouth. Also, his interview in this issue is his attempt to plead the case for a better poetry product, one that is of and for the people and not the green hedge blocked view of the campus poets, the dull bark of a human shells sitting at a machine knocking out their latest volume of poetry gunk, that won't be read, that won't sell a single volume but will be hailed by the New York Times book critics as the best poetry anyone, even the cellar dwellers like us, can and should read. BUNK. Gary Goude is the man people should be reading. You'll identify with his short, understandable rips on ex-wifes, the job, the life of hell we all exist in and survive through...and for what, we don't know. And neither does Goude. But we know a fellow survivor when we read him and Goude is a survivor and an artist who can chew it up and spit it out better than anyone you've read since Bukowski left this green Earth for poetry readings alongside Jesus H. Christ.

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