Sills: Selected Poems 1960-1999 - Salt Modern Poets (Paperback)Michael O'Brien (author)
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Sills gathers together poems from four of O'Brien's early books and combines them with later work, forming a selection from 1960-1999. O'Brien writes, "The poems dance their dance of stillness and motion. The issue is a quiet, patterned music, animated, disciplined, ecstatic; not closure, but recognition."
This new edition provides the reader with the best introduction to O'Brien's work, a poet hailed as a modern master of the lyric form and a poet of genuine significance in the American canon.
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Number of pages: 148
Weight: 197 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 9 mm
Memory finally connects everything with everything, as if the world were an immense pun: a broadside, against the grain, every synapse firing. O'Brien records this pun with a verve and zeal that is both remarkably fresh and reliably consistent. His wit and speed are ready vehicles for a quite frequently skeptical engagement with the world around him. We should feel lucky to have these poems gathered under one roof.-- Eirik Steinhoff * Chicago Review *
A poet who'd come to Crane's girdered city to reconcile everything found the modesty to brave a nature poem about New York. It's not that he filtered out the din to find a landscape in repose; it was the human sounds and voices that taught him how to hear those aspects of the natural in the city - like rain and the keening, essentially human need to be touched ... Longing, for virtually every poet in the city after Baudelaire, is stirred by visual recognition. O'Brien's happens in the ear. O'Brien started to hear a city that no one else had ever heard.-- Lee Smith * Bookforum *