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Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club: Poems: 1975-1990

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These poems, divided into sections "East" and "West," were collected from Kleinzahler's six early chapbooks, including Earthquake Weather. Also included is an autobiographical preface, "Reflections by the Surging Wave Pavilion."
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 15th 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published May 1st 2000)
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Douglas
Apr 12, 2014 Douglas rated it liked it
In the opening introduction of this collection of poems selected by August Kleinzahler’s first two publications, he writes, “Much of what’s gathered in this collection now feels remote to me.”

Much of it felt remote to me as well. That’s because most of these read like journal entries and contain the proper names of people and places I’ll probably never know and have no reference. I’m sure if you were there or you knew Kleinzahler during this time, you might have a deeper connection with the beau
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Shelves: poetry
I always read each of Kleinzahler's books twice for his craft, and then a third time purely for pleasure.
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Jan 19, 2012 Michael Vagnetti rated it liked it
Sketches that outline something lyrical - but then his hand slips on something "low." A slightly idle eye, but he's just connected enough with the world to to have a story to crash on when he shows up late in a new zip code. The poems with characters are the most memorable, especially "Boxing on Europe's Most Beautiful Beach."



In the opening essay (one can tell he is an entertaining essayist), the author talks about setting the type while printing his first collection in British Columbia. You fee
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My favorite contemporary poet
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August Kleinzahler was born in Jersey City in 1949. He is the author of eleven books of poems and a memoir, "Cutty, One Rock." His collection "The Strange Hours Travelers Keep" was awarded the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize, and "Sleeping It Off in Rapid City" won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award. That same year he received a Lannan Literary Award. His new collection, "The Hotel Oneira," wil ...more
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