By Edward Field

ISBN-10: 0822959801

ISBN-13: 9780822959809

Box is likely one of the first American poets to jot down proudly and obviously approximately city homosexual life.This new-and-selected (Field's sixteenth booklet of verse total) exhibits that his virtues—and limits—have remained constant all through. At his most sensible box is direct, likable, modest, fascinating, a storyteller : he writes purposefully and at once of bathhouse lifestyles within the Seventies, Jewish-American background, heart jap travels in a global the place, in contrast to ours, males like one another; and allegorically of the Pacific octopus, who wishes love,/ who's a multitude should you meet,/ yet who can open up like a flower with petal palms. At lower than his most sensible, Field's unadorned type could make him sound predictable: his poems are just as fascinating as their tales and ideas. these days there's not anything radical left, in no way/ within the Village, he complains in a poem from the Nineteen Nineties. a contemporary 11th of September poem gadgets to a gang of psychopaths taking on the govt. Irreplaceable within the background of homosexual American writing, box helped invent many of the attitudes and the subgenres which are now in universal use. If a lot of Field's personal poems now look flat and dated, adequate nonetheless appear clean to offer critical power to this e-book.

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Around we skim, Around the rim, Around the rim, and back. T h e W i n d Wo m a n The Wind’s white f ingers Are thin and sharp, And she plays all night On an icy harp. On her icy harp Of stiff, black trees, She plays her songs, And the rivers freeze. Snowfall Who shook the night And made the feathers Fly? They fall and lift and fall Without a sound. And as I stand Beneath the street lamp, I can scarcely tell The rooftop from the ground. Who tipped the night? Who let the feathers whirl? They circle softly Round and round this place, And blur the footsteps Of a little girl, And frost her hair And melt upon her face.

EISBN: 1–57505–719–0 1. Seasons—Juvenile poetry. 2. Children's poetry, American. [1. Seasons—Poetry. 2. ] I. Chee, Cheng-Khee, ill. Title.

EISBN: 1–57505–719–0 1. Seasons—Juvenile poetry. 2. Children's poetry, American. [1. Seasons—Poetry. 2. ] I. Chee, Cheng-Khee, ill. Title.

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