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Freely Espousing: Poems

4.57 of 5 stars 4.57  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  2 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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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:

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
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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