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Poets in New York, 6 of 6

By Forrest Gander

Inseparable by Lewis Warsh, Granary Books, 2008
Despite that Lewis Warsh is most closely associated with the community of writers who met at St. Marks Church on the Bowery from the late 70’s through the 90’s, his influence has been felt nationally and internationally.

He founded the signal United Artists Magazine and co-edited Angel Hair and United Artists, he curated reading series, he published books of poetry and prose, he became involved with translation through Wang Ping whose work he helped bring into lively English (and with whom he co-translated numerous Tibetan and Chinese poets). His own work is rammed with life, deceptively casual, and psychologically acute. He can swerve from irony to Eros or from prose passages to precisely enjambed lyric with improvisatory slacker-dexterity. With his keenly urban eye, he’s one of the terrific poets of New York. His newest book is Inseparable
 (Granary Books, 2008).

Comments (4)

  • On October 14, 2008 at 8:38 pm Gary B. Fitzgerald wrote:

    Poets in Sycophant City. One, two, three, four, five, six.
    (Apologies to Edward Estlin on his birthday).
    Damn, I miss Reginald!

  • On October 15, 2008 at 8:29 am Forrest Gander wrote:

    Gary, poetry starts with poetry. Each of the 6 books I mention, most of them by authors I’ve never met, are significant, and significantly distinct from each other, in terms of the art. They offer real pleasures to people who actually read poetry. I’d recommend that you check any of them out. Reading poetry and talking about what you are reading seems to me one of the foundational engagements of those interested in making community in the word.

  • On October 21, 2008 at 7:26 pm Gary B. Fitzgerald wrote:

    Fair enough, but…
    “…are significant.”
    …says who?

  • On October 22, 2008 at 7:27 pm Gary B. Fitzgerald wrote:

    And BTW, Forrest said:
    “They offer real pleasures to people who actually read poetry.”
    And who, other than other poets, would that be, actually?
    Just curious.

Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 by Forrest Gander.