Publication Date: March 16, 2010
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A COLLECTION OF UNPUBLISHED POEMS FROM ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE POETIC VOICES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
"of an evening real as paint on canvas. "
"The kind that makes me ache to have the gift "
"for dusting off cliches: "
"not, make it new, but, see it, hear it, freshly. "
"The context (good morrow, haven't we met in this context "
" before?) "
"in which, squelch, a brush lifted a load "
"of pigment from the thick glass palette, and, concentrated, "
"as though he saw neither the work in hand nor the subject, "
"the painter began."
" "--from "A Blue Shadow Painting"
"Other Flowers "brings together 165 unseen poems from James Schuyler, one of the twentieth century's most acclaimed writers. This carefully arranged edition presents a broad range of Schuyler's work, spanning from the early 1950s until his death in 1991. These poems exhibit Schuyler's virtuosity in drawing from real life, interpersonal history, nature, and pop culture to create reverberant portraits of the everyday. To read these poems is to rediscover the fresh clarity and grandeur of even the smallest things. "Other Flowers "confirms Schuyler's status as one of the most important figures in contemporary poetics.
James Meetze is the author of I Have Designed This For You (2007), and editor, with Simon Pettet, of Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler (2010).
Simon Pettet was born in England in 1953 and moved to New York City in 1977, where he still lives. He is the author of Lyrical Poetry, and four other books from Talisman: SELECTED POEMS (1995), MORE WINNOWED FRAGMENTS (2005), HEARTH (2008), and AS A BEE (2014). He collaborated on two books with the photographer Rudy Burckhardt, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT EVERYTHING (1987) and Talking Pictures (1994), as well as editing The Art Writings of James Schuyler (1998) and Other Flowers, a posthumous collection of Schuyler's writing (2010).