After the Fall: Poems Old and New by Edward Field

By Edward Field

Box is likely one of the first American poets to put in writing proudly and obviously approximately city homosexual life.This new-and-selected (Field's sixteenth publication of verse total) indicates that his virtues—and limits—have remained constant all through. At his top box is direct, likable, modest, captivating, a storyteller : he writes purposefully and at once of bathhouse existence within the Nineteen Seventies, Jewish-American historical past, center japanese travels in an international the place, in contrast to ours, males like one another; and allegorically of the Pacific octopus, who wishes love,/ who's a large number in case you meet,/ yet who can open up like a flower with petal hands. At below his top, Field's unadorned sort could make him sound predictable: his poems are just as attention-grabbing as their tales and ideas. these days there's not anything radical left, not at all/ within the Village, he complains in a poem from the Nineties. a contemporary 9-11 poem gadgets to a gang of psychopaths taking on the govt. Irreplaceable within the background of homosexual American writing, box helped invent a number of the attitudes and the subgenres which are now in universal use. If lots of Field's personal poems now look flat and dated, adequate nonetheless look clean to offer severe energy to this ebook.

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