Friday, January 21, 2011

A Friday Evening, Jan 20, 2011

From The Elizabeth Press - Book Publishers - A retrospectus of remarks on our authors and their books.

FRANK SAMPERI
In a sense he comes on like the Noh, from way back, posthumously in the guise of a native of New York, or Brooklyn, but clearly, transparently, a spirit.... At a time when poetry makes a fetish of screaming and pointing at itself, when shock-effects are all the rage, this reflective, soft, but tough, poetry may easily be overlooked and only slowly overheard. But heard it will be.
-Cid Corman in CHICAGO REVIEW

JAMES L. WEIL
James Weil's beautifully produced new anthology My Music Bent is as good a guide as one could find to the current state of American poetry.
-Tony Frazer in SAMPHIRE (England)

JOHN TAGGART
Taggart's highly developed sense of sound and syntax creates amazingly sharp and various melodies in the poems and a rare sort of harmony in the unisons....Taggart is essential to the alchemy of contemporary verse.
-Karl Young in MARGINS

JOHN PERLMAN
Alike to Bly, and more so to Cid Corman in style, his verse depends upon image relayed by a brevity of language...The poetry leaves much to the reader's own sensitivity, but one cannot help but feel the emotions underlying the theme, suggesting much more than it says. It is , like Bly's a book of simplicities with vast depths beneath.
-Martin Booth in TRIBUNE (London)

LORNE NIEDECKER
It is the nicety of her work, the discretion. It does not insist on being The Best Female Poetry Almost West of the Mississippi, and calls no notice to itself at all except for the most primary reason - that it gives absolute clarification and concentration to its words, that it is local and personal in the ultimate way that leads to its becoming 'classic'.
-Jonathan Williams in KULCHUR

CID CORMAN
A collection of his best poems, including those from this new book, would be one of the finest works in English from the third quarter of the century. Beyond that , "Once And For All" is quite the equal of his earlier books, though perhaps more abstract than some, and a handsome work physically too, a product of Martino Mardersteig and the Stamperia Valdonega of Verona.
-Hayden Carruth, in THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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