The New Year of Yellow: Poems (Kathryn a. Morton Prize in Poetry)

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"Different poets possess different powers. So Lippman has eros and humor; somehow, also, he has a great, unfalsifiable affection for human nature. But his work is also empowered by verbal gusto, a faith in the joy of saying. . . . Full of exuberance and invention, flush with the stuff of struggle in the world, bright colored with mood, The New Year of Yellow is a defense of human nature. I believe in its animal instinct, its god-sanctioned, oxygen-breathing, self-evident inalienable right to pronounce."
—From the Foreward by Tony Hoagland

In The New Year of Yellow, Matthew Lippman gives voice to a bummed-out, pissed-off tender heart—¬a hopeless, cranky romantic “I” with love handles, a joint, and a penchant for blondes. Meet beloved Harvey Pekar crossed with the soul of Frank O’Hara, the great suburban middle-wage guy who, when no one is looking, abandons his anger and disappointment just long enough to reveal what’s really underneath—an irreverent affection for life.  

Winner of the 2005 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, selected by Tony Hoagland, this debut writer has an adorable, old soul. With poems like “Everyone Wants a Monkey,” “It Is Time for Me to Start Making Love to Joni Mitchell,” and “Surf Buddha,” it’s not easy to know what to expect of Lippman, but one thing is for sure—you’re going to laugh. Out loud.

Matthew Lippman is a writer and a teacher. Currently he teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at Chatham High School in upstate New York, and has been a member of the faculty, Writing Division, in Columbia University's Summer Program for High School Students, as well as an instructor at The Gotham Writers' Workshop. In 1990 he received his MFA from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and in 1997 he was granted a Master’s in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. His poetry has been published widely in such journals as The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The Best American Poetry of 1997, and Tikkun. In 1991 he was the recipient of the James Michener/Paul Engle Poetry Fellowship from the University of Iowa; in 2004 he won a New York State Foundation of the Arts grant for his fiction.



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Lippman currently teaches high school, and he has taught at Columbia University's Summer Program for High School Students, as well as at The Gotham Writers' Workshop. In 1990 he received his MFA from the University of Iowa and in 1997 he was granted a Masters in English Education from Columbia University. He lives upstate New York.

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This lively and humorous prize-winning debut follows a cranky-but-secretly-exuberant persona as he "deeks and bops" through the inner-city experience in 34 light-hearted free verse poems. This forty-something protagonist passes his time pondering existential crises such as "What do you do in the mid-afternoon/ when all of your business has been taken care of / and there is only the nap?" or deciding "It is time for me to start making love to Joni Mitchell." Lippmann revels in the minutiae of life that most people don't pause to notice and, despite pretensions of haplessness, his speaker is very much a thinker. His mind lands on mock-serious problems such as "Everyone wants a monkey,/ I can't afford them," but he also has time to contemplate Diane Arbus' suicide and the way "Sometime at the end of the 1980s the Holocaust closed down for me." Contest judge and kindred poet Tony Hoagland's introduction suggests this book will make anyone laugh, but its real strength and surprise is in the occasional moments when Lippmann treats memory seriously and tenderly. "Where Are All the Puerto Ricans" concludes with the touching moment of desperation: "Where are you now, Pedro Gonzalez,/ Stand up, I can't find you." These moments suggest a greater range than Lippman initially displays.
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