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Sallies, Romps, Portraits, and Send-Offs: Selected Prose, 2000-2016

August Kleinzahler
Format
Book
Published
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Uniform Title
Prose Works
ISBN
9780374282097, 0374282099, 9780374715939
Summary
"Sixteen years' worth of incisive essays by the great poet and memoirist "Witty, gritty poet and memoirist Kleinzahler" (Publishers Weekly) has gathered the best of sixteen years' worth of essays, remembrances, and reviews in this scabrous and essential collection, setting down his thoughts about great poets and bad poets, about kvetching fiction writers and homicidal musicians, about eccentric critics and discerning nobodies, always with insight and humor, and never suffering fools gladly. Here, in Sallies, Romps, Portraits, and Send-Offs, August Kleinzahler eulogizes famous friends, warts and all (Thom Gunn, Christopher Middleton, Leonard Michaels); leads the charge in carving up a few bloated reputations (E.E. Cummings, Richard Brautigan); and sings the praises of unjustly neglected masters (Lucia Berlin, Kenneth Cox). He also turns the spotlight on himself in several short, delightful memoirs, covering such subjects as his obsessive CD collecting, the eerie effects of San Francisco fog, and the terrible duty of selling of his childhood home."--
Contents
  • Fog
  • Thom Gunn
  • Living on apple crumble : James Schuyler's letters
  • Leonard Michaels
  • All the girls said so : John Berryman
  • Road trip with the maestro
  • E.E. Cummings
  • Memories of Christopher Logue
  • A peacock called Mirabell : James Merrill
  • Kenneth Cox
  • Alaska
  • Roy Fisher
  • How I became a music critic
  • Lorine Niedecker
  • Blackfell's Scarlatti : Basil Bunting
  • Two San Francisco feuilletons
  • Christopher Middleton
  • Louis Zukofsky
  • A journal
  • Richard Brautigan
  • Lunching with Ginsberg
  • Music XXVI
  • Lucia Berlin
  • Closing it down on the Palisades.
Description
299 pages ; 22 cm
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