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Green Sees Things in Waves: Poems

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1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In this powerful and inventive collection, August Kleinzahler succeeds in creating a new idiom for American lyric poetry that captures the velocity and swerves of contemporary life in the city. He pushes the language very hard to get there, and the results are breathtaking: an angular, propulsiv
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 30th 1999 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1998)
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Feb 06, 2009 Stop added it
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Read the STOP SMILING interview with August Kleinzahler:

He Sees Things in Waves: 10 Questions for poet Agust Kleinzahler
by Ange Mlinko

(This interview originally appeared in the first annual STOP SMILING 20 Interviews Issue)

August Kleinzahler has worked as taxi driver, locksmith, logger, building manager and music critic. But he is most famous for his 10 books of poems, including the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize winner, The Strange Hours Travelers Keep (FSG). His autobiographical essays are collecte
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Oct 04, 2012 BeccaAudra Smith rated it really liked it
These poems are unexpectedly present, colloquial in places, suddenly familiar in the midst of jargon: 'lye, pigfat, copra from Lever Bros., / formaldehyde from the coffee plant, / dyes, unimaginable solvents-/a soup of polymers, oxides......the aroma/almost comforting by now' (Before Dawn on Bluff Road, p.60). This list is so specific and the place intensely visited in the poem, location is a surrounding, immediate and real. For example, Listening in April: Time Zones (Sydney, Virginia, San Fran ...more
Aug 20, 2007 James rated it really liked it
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This guy's a roller coaster. His cadence is perfect because it's always changing. His subject matter's quite frightening in what he can pull into one poem, what he's willing to write about and make it worth reading, which is anything from snow in New Jersey (amazingly not trite and actually subject, I think, to the various people the snow falls around) to "The Dog Stoltz." He is at all times smart, and occasionally quite vicious, which always makes for good poetry.
Aug 03, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it
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While Red Sauce, Whiskey and Snow remains my favorite Kleinzahler volume so far, I really liked Green Sees Things in Waves. Beautiful, heartbreaking, and strange, I'll never stop loving his poems.
Jul 28, 2007 Jenni rated it really liked it
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One of my favorite contemporary poets. Excellent ear and sense of the musical line. I like all of his poetry collections, but this one is probably my favorite.
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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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