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The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest (Wesleyan Poetry) [Hardcover]

Peter Gizzi , Hadley Guest , Barbara Guest

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30 Nov 2008 Wesleyan Poetry
One of the most notable members of the New York School-and its best-known woman-Barbara Guest began writing poetry in the 1950s in company that included John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler. And from the beginning, her practice placed her at the vanguard of American writing. Guest's poetry, saturated in the visual arts, extended the formal experiments of modernism, and played the abstract qualities of language against its sensuousness and materiality. Now, for the first time, all of her published poems have been brought together in one volume, offering readers and scholars unprecedented access to Guest's remarkable visionary work. This Collected Poems moves from her early New York School years through her more abstract later work, including some final poems never before published. Switching effortlessly from the real to the dreamlike, the observed to the imagined, this is poetry both gentle and piercing-seemingly simple, but truly and beautifully dislocating.

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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press (30 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819568600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819568601
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,014,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest belongs on every poetry lover's bookshelf. This large and lovely volume, as the title suggests, contains all the poetry Guest published in her lifetime, along with a smattering of new, posthumous poems, a partial bibliography, a time line, and a fine essay by Peter Gizzi."--Dan Giancola, The East Hampton Star

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BARBARA GUEST (1920-2006) published over twenty volumes of poetry, and earned awards including the Robert Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Society of America. HADLEY HADEN GUEST is Barbara Guest's daughter. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet here 9 Aug 2010
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Must say I'm shocked no one in the poetry world has taken the time to acknowledge Guest's astounding poetic accomplishments here....moving thru painterly NY School to her own brand of abstract lyrical surrealism, she is/was truly a quiet giant, but one that seemed to confound most in the poetry world. The collected poems of Jack Spicer came out at the same time and seemed to capture all the attention...unfortunate. Once again it looks as though Barbara's work will be ignored.
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