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Tongue & Groove - Illinois Poetry Series (Hardback)
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Tongue & Groove - Illinois Poetry Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 96 Pages / Published: 12/11/2007
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Inspired and informed by the music and urban landscape of New York City, Tongue & Groove employs jazzy and descriptive language in a sweep of city-life experiences and memories. A passionate rendering of incidents in spaces that include the subway, a school for the handicapped, and The Museum of Modern Art, Stephen Cramer employs richly sensual language and a wide range of imagery. Alluring portrayals of butterfly migrations, graffiti, and city buses complement this collection\u2019s connection to the everyday hoots, shouts, and yammer of the streets.



--or you can open

your mouth & stick out



your tongue,

take that fugitive impulse

from the artist\u2019s hand

straight into your very gut



& maybe find out along the way

if the lime-green



of that inverted roof

& the burnt almond

of the filling station\u2019s

roadside grasses



live up to their names.

--from \u201cTaste\u201d

Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252032363
Number of pages: 96
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 330 mm


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"I can think of almost no other young poet who can claim Stephen Cramer's lyric authority and self-possession. His odes and elegies capture the grit and delights of New York City in a manner that manages to capture something of Crane's sense of the marvelous with Oppen's descriptive acuity. This is to say he follows in the footsteps of the giants--and he shows himself abundantly capable of filling their shoes. Tongue & Groove is a ravishing book."--David Wojahn


"Cramer's Tongue and Groove celebrates Manhattan's vibrancy and the passionate self-expression of its denizens. . . . Tongue and Groove is a book of linguistic and formal performance. . . . This performance is fluent and exuberant."--Antioch Review

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