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Edward Field's poetry is not erudite or verbose or stilted; it is as free of pretension as one could ever really hope for. Unlike much of what was being published by his contemporaries, Field's poems do not attempt to be outwardly flamboyant or inflammatory; instead, they are quiet and sure of their meaning(s). Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in the introduction to his translation of Jacques Prévert's Paroles, spoke at length about the conversational tone of the poems. This could easily be applied to the ...more
I don't think I can explain how much this book meant to me as a sexually confused young college student, living away from home for the first time in my life, searching through the card catalog (an antique piece of furniture that held individually hand-typed cards--oh, never mind) or through the library stacks by trial and error, hoping and needing to find something, some voice that expressed a "fellow feeling" (Richard Howard's lovely phrase). For me, and others like me, "gay" meant "H" in the c ...more
This is the book, right after Allen Ginsberg's Howl and other poems, that pointed the way for me as a poet. Field and Ginsberg made it seem possible. I didn't have to have T.S. Eliot's erudition and Harvard education. I could be a working class boy from Brooklyn and still be a poet. When I first read Edward Field, I was in thrall to the American poets I found in A Controversy of Poets, particularly John Ashbery--especially the poem "Europe." There was a comment in the introduction to another ant ...more
EDWARD FIELD was born in Brooklyn, and grew up in Lynbrook, L.I., where he played cello in the Field Family Trio which had a weekly radio program on WGBB Freeport. He served in WWII in the 8th Air Force as a navigator in heavy bombers, and flew 25 missions over Germany. He began writing poetry during World War II, after a Red Cross worker handed him an anthology of poetry. But it was not until 196 ...moreMore about Edward Field...