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Freely Espousing: Poems

4.45  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
great early book of poems by Pulitzer Prize poet
Paperback, 92 pages
Published December 28th 1979 by Sun (first published December 1979)
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Matthew
Jul 24, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
a moment and
over and with
the picking strings
Horowitz enters
accurate and fully
singing
we're younger
than we ever were
no matter what's better
- Rachmaninoff's Third for Frank O'Hara

Freely Espousing was published in 1969, and won the Frank O'Hara Prize for Poetry in the same year. O'Hara may have died in 1966, but his influence is evident among the remaining New York School poets. This is especially true of Schuyler. The poem quoted above is the first of many dedicated to O'Hara.

Typically, when
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Sparrow
This may be the first time I've read this book all the way through, though I struggled with it in 1982, when my professor, Ted Berrigan, required me to buy it, and strongly implied it was a masterpiece. At the time, I couldn't perceive Schuyler -- I didn't have the sensitive fingertips one needs, for sentences like:

Codicils
don't add up to much when there's nothing to leave:
a bedroom, stretching from Portland
to Richmond stunningly furnished in
French-motel provincial.

Besides, I was searching for
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Tristan
Dec 28, 2014 Tristan rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Actual rating: 3.75

This book was very good, not fabulous, but very good. Schuyler has a good command of sound, especially alliteration, which is seen very well in "Now and Then" which was my favorite of the poems in the collection. At times, his stream of consciousness style can get in the way of his flow and meaning, but every poem is packed chock full with vibrant, easily understood metaphors and similes so that usually makes up for any syntactical confusion. Overall, pretty good, recommended
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