Title: Collected Poems Of James Laughlin
Publisher: Moyer Bell
Publication Date: 1994
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 574 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Laughlin was an accomplished poet in his own right. The publisher of New Directions Books, he knew or published practically all the major modernist writers of the 20th Century. A fine collection of very strong poems. Very good in very good dust jacket. Very light soiling to age edges. Dust jacket very good+ with minor wear but three very small tears along edges. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.00010000399
Finally collected are all the poems of James Laughlin ? a classic poet of Catullan sensibility hiding in plain sight as an avant-garde publisher and the ?Godfather of Modernism?
Published in his centenary year, The Collected Poems of James Laughlin encompasses in one majestic volume all of the poetry (with the exception of his verse memoirs, Byways) written by the publisher-poet. Witty, technically brilliant, slyly satiric and heartbreakingly poignant about the vagaries of love, Laughlin charted his own poetic course for over six decades prompting astonishment and joy in those fellow poets who had discovered his unique genius. As Charles Simic enthused, ?The secret is out, the publisher of Williams and Pound is himself a great lyric poet.?
Compiled and edited by Peter Glassgold, Laughlin?s chosen poetry editor for the last two decades, The Collected Poems of James Laughlin includes more than 1250 poems from the early lyrics written in Laughlin?s signature ?typewriter? metric, to the ?long-line? poems of his later years, to the playful antics of his dopplegänger Hiram Handspring, to the trenchant commentary of the five-line pentastichs that occupied his last days. Despite all the awards and accolades that James Laughlin received for his publishing achievements and service to literature, the honor that pleased him most was his election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1996)?as a poet.
Product Description: In the literary world James Laughlin is best known as the publisher of New Direction Books. But he has also been a dedicated poet. His work is both modern -- rich in technical experiment -- and ancient -- grounded in the Greek and Latin poets. He is the youngest and most modern poet now writing in the United States. His work is notable for its range of subject matter, the originality of his invention, his restoration of the classical tradition, his wordplay, his satire, and the intensity of his love poems. This volume collects Laughlin's poems from 1935 to 1993.
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