Poetry. "In these beautifully crafted poems Paul Pines takes us on a dizzying ride through mythological and religious thinkers, through science and philosophy. It is the quest of a man trying to hear the 'music / beneath the music' that he hopes, doubts, believes is there—DIVINE MADNESS. Pines asks what it means to face death and despair, what it means to doubt meaning while believing in meaning, what it has meant through the centuries."—Susan Sherman
"With extraordinary daring and inspiration, Paul Pines has dedicated the art he has exquisitely crafted for a lifetime to the service of the divine madness that has always distinguished poetry from mere writing. In relentless pursuit of the unity we instinctively crave, he captures the universal analogy anew by 'connecting us to the consciousness of the gods in men' through dazzling poem after poem in this stunning book."—George Economou
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Paul Pines grew up in Brooklyn around the corner from Ebbet's Field and passed the early 60s on the Lower East Side of New York. He shipped out as a merchant seaman, spending 65-66 in Vietnam, after which he drove a taxi and tended bar until he opened his jazz club, The Tin Palace, in 1973. It became the setting for his novel The Tin Angel (Morrow, 1983). Redemption (Editions du Rocher, 1997), a second novel, is set against the genocide of Guatemalan Mayans. His memoir, My Brother's Madness (Curbstone Press, 2007), explores the unfolding of intertwined lives and the nature of delusion. Pines has published nine books of poetry: Onion, Hotel Madden Poems, Pines Songs, Breath, ADRIFT ON BLINDING LIGHT, TAXIDANCING, LAST CALL AT THE TIN PALACE, REFLECTIONS IN A SMOKING MIRROR, and DIVINE MADESS. Poems set to music by composer Daniel Asia appear on the Summit label. As a translator he has contributed to Small Hours of the Night: Selected Poems of Roque Dalton (Curbstone Books, 1996); Pyramids of Glass: Short Fiction from Modern Mexico (Corona Publishing, 1995) and Nicanor Parra's Antipoems: New and Selected (New Directions, 1986). He is the editor of the Juan Gelman tribute issue of The Café Review (Summer, 2009) and Gelman's selected poems translated by Hardie St. Martin, Dark Times/Filled with Light (Open Letters Press, 2012). Pines has conducted workshops for the National Writers Voice program and lectured for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Ossabaw Foundation, and Virginia Center for the Arts, as well as a recipient of an Artists' Fellowship, N.Y.S. Foundation for the Arts, and a CAPS Fellow in Poetry. He is a member of PEN, BMI, C.G. Jung Foundation, and The Author's Guild. Paul Pines lives with his wife, Carol, in Glens Falls, NY, where he practices as a psychotherapist and hosts the Lake George Jazz Weekend.Review:
Pines goes right to the radical nature of metaphor in poetry, not ornament but sudden discernment: sharp observation of historical events and natural things leads directly, deeply, to moral awareness. His lines seem to question the assertions they embody: interrogate by interruption. He is the quiet sage who makes everything in his room a tender plaything. Try the poem on Audubon and see a masterful riff on how to watch with the heart. --Robert Kelly
With extraordinary daring and inspiration, Paul Pines has dedicated the art he has exquisitely crafted for a lifetime to the service of the divine madness that has always distinguished poetry from mere writing. In relentless pursuit of the unity we instinctively crave, he captures the universal analogy anew by connecting us to the consciousness of the gods in men through dazzling poem after poem in this stunning book. --George Economou
The only other person I can compare this to is Goethe ... powerful stuff! --Paul Elisha, NPR-WAMC
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Book Description Marsh Hawk Press, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0984635378
Book Description Marsh Hawk Press, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110984635378
Book Description Marsh Hawk Press, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. f first edition edition. 71 pages. 8.80x0.20x5.90 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0984635378