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Mercury Dressing: Poems

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This beautiful collection from J. D. McClatchy holds up a mirror to the soul, considering heroic and human figures in poems that “balance mandarin wit with enormous learning, a fully twenty-first-century sensibility and a deft use of the demotic” (Bookpage).
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Knopf (first published February 10th 2009)
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Diann Blakely
J.D. McClatchy, the longtime editor of the YALE REVIEW, the recently appointed president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the perspicuous intellect behind Anthony Hecht's SELECTED POEMS (Knopf) playfully--or poisonously--titled his last collection MERCURY DRESSING. Quintessential McClatchy, the poems balance mandarin wit with enormous learning, a fully 21st-century sensibility and a deft use of the demotic: “At the second intermission of Manon / We were bored and on a third vodka ...more
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This book isn't out yet but when it is I will eagerly read it because McClatchy is Chip Kidd's partner and Chip Kidd is aweeesome. I feel like a stalker...
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McClatchy is an adjunct professor at Yale University and editor of the Yale Review. He also edits the "Voice of the Poet" series for Random House AudioBooks.

His book Hazmat (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002) was nominated for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. He has written texts for musical settings, including eight opera libretti, for such composers as Elliot Goldenthal, Daron Hagen, Lowell Liebermann, Lorin Maazel
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