New and Selected Poems: 1958-1998

New and Selected Poems One of the most noted of American fiction writers Gilbert Sorrentino is also a brilliant poet and has authored some nine books of poetry including the renowned The Orangery first published in

  • Title: New and Selected Poems: 1958-1998
  • Author: Gilbert Sorrentino
  • ISBN: 9781892295828
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the most noted of American fiction writers, Gilbert Sorrentino is also a brilliant poet, and has authored some nine books of poetry, including the renowned The Orangery, first published in 1978 and republished by Sun Moon Press in 1995 This new volume of selected poems includes the poems of the Black Sparrow edition of 1981 and the numerous new poems writtenOne of the most noted of American fiction writers, Gilbert Sorrentino is also a brilliant poet, and has authored some nine books of poetry, including the renowned The Orangery, first published in 1978 and republished by Sun Moon Press in 1995 This new volume of selected poems includes the poems of the Black Sparrow edition of 1981 and the numerous new poems written in the 20 years following that volume.

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    1. Important to bear in mind the influence of William Carlos Williams, Robert Creeley, and Louis Zukofsky on Sorrentino’s poetry—see the copious essays and dazzling analyses of these poets in his non-fiction collection Something Said. Since the influence of these poets never quite left him, the Sorrentino voice we recognise from his novels is only apparent in the later works (post-1980) collected exclusively in this volume, in such fine sequences as the Oulipian homage ‘Variations for Raymond [...]

    2. Not nearly as syntactically risky as I had hoped, but still very solidly crafted poems with all the humor, play, and precise observation of his novels. Every word he writes seems surrounded by white space and silence.

    3. The early work is in the mode of Creeley and the side of Williams reflected in Creeley. The results are solid but not great. Then Sorrentino adds to his mix the tweeness of Stevens, Oulipian artifice, and out-and-out satire, and goes into higher gear. My high rating really applies to the work from about 1977 onward.

    4. There are some good poems in here but I️ was not as blown away by them as his prose. I️ will reread them in the future.

    5. A writer who deserves more attention as a poet; the late Ric Caddel was a great admirer of his work as well.

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