Peter Gizzi


Born
Alma, Michigan, The United States
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Ezra Pound, John Ashbery, the Beats


Educated at New York University, Brown University, and the State University of New York at Buffalo, poet Peter Gizzi is the author of several collections of poetry, including Threshold Songs (2011), The Outernationale (2007), and Artificial Heart (1998).

Gizzi uses both narrative and lyrical gestures to engage and question distance and light in his search for the unmapped. Reflecting on the question of whether his work is narrative or lyric, Gizzi stated in an interview with Poetry Daily, “I think I am a narrative poet—I’m just narrating my bewilderment as a citizen.”

(Source: Peter Gizzi @ The Poetry Foundation)

Average rating: 4.36 · 1,850 ratings · 133 reviews · 31 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Outernationale

4.36 avg rating — 152 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
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Threshold Songs

4.16 avg rating — 133 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Some Values of Landscape an...

4.47 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 2003 — 2 editions
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Archeophonics

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Artificial Heart

4.47 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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In Defense of Nothing: Sele...

4.31 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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Periplum and Other Poems: 1...

4.24 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2004 — 2 editions
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The House That Jack Built: ...

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Music for Films

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Ode: Salute to the New York...

4.17 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2012
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“Beauty walks this world. It ages everything.
I am far and I am an animal and I am just another I-am poem,
          a we-see poem, a they-love poem.
The green. All the different windows.
There is so much stone here. And grass. So beautiful each
          translucent electric blade.
And the noise. Cheers folding into traffic. These things.
          Things that have been already said many times:
leaf, zipper, sparrow, lintel, scarf, window shade.”
Peter Gizzi, Some Values of Landscape and Weather



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