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No Eyes: Lester Young by David Meltzer, Black Sparrow Books
David Meltzer’s No Eyes: Lester Young is one of the most masterful, joyous, life-affirming books of poems on music (and IN music) published in the United States.
It is only one of some fifty-odd titles that Meltzer has published in his 72 years. A serious musician (on the guitar), an anthologist, a magazine editor, a legendary performer, a poet and essayist, Meltzer can say, like Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, “That I have had my world as in my tyme.” His troubadour spirit and his precise, swooping, intervallic lyricism energize American poetry and keep it tuned to the body. No Eyes: Lester Young came out in 2000 from Black Sparrow. Meltzer’s most recent title is David’s Copy , a selected poems (Penguin, 2005).
Born in California’s Mojave Desert, poet Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia and attended the College of William & Mary, where he majored in geology. After earning an MA in literature from San Francisco State University, Gander moved to Mexico, then to Arkansas, where his poetry—informed by his knowledge of...