In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems, 1955-2007 - Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction (Paperback)
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In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems, 1955-2007 - Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction (Paperback)

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For more than half a century, readers and listeners have taken special pleasure in the poetry of X. J. Kennedy. In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus is an ample gathering of his best work: memorable songs, startling lyrics, poems that tell poignant stories, character studies that vie with those of Edwin Arlington Robinson. A master of verbal music, Kennedy has long been praised for his wit and humor; as this collection reveals, many of his poems also reach surprising depths and heights. Donald Hall comments, "many of Kennedy's poems are wit itself. His wit is his way of understanding. No one else writing is capable of the effects in which Kennedy specializes." This book skims the cream from several slim volumes and six past collections including the prize-winning Nude Descending a Staircase, Cross Ties, and The Lords of Misrule. It restores to print over fifty poems unavailable for decades and adds more than two dozen new poems collected for the first time. Kennedy has long occupied a unique place in American poetry; In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus now offers the first comprehensive collection to span his entire career.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801886546
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 229 x 140 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A splendid volume... It is impossible not to think that his work will grow in estimation with each passing year. * Booklist *
Kennedy is both a conceptualizer and a musician... the transformative element in Kennedy's creative process is the exactitude of his craft. -- Donald Junkins * North Dakota Quarterly *
To us, Kennedy is the best of the best. * RALPH: Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and the Humanities *
A worthy heir... to the indispensably impertinent likes of Catullus amd Dean Swift-cheerfully serving notice that there's still nothing like an artfully pithy piece of verse for making short work of killjoys. -- David Barber * Boston Globe *
X. J. Kennedy? He ought to be declared a national resource and excused from taxation. -- Wyatt Prunty * Weekly Standard *
The high quality, abundance, and breadth of his writing-poetry, children's work, fiction, textbooks-and hislong presence on the literary scene make him one of the most important American poets today. -- Catherine Savage Brosman * Chronicles *

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