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Ooga-Booga

ISBN-10: 0374530971

ISBN-13: 9780374530976

Edition: 2008

Authors: Frederick Seidel

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"The best American poet writing today"*nbsp; nbsp; “The title itself—a parody of a threat, something the monster under the bed might grunt—manages to capture the weird dialectic of Mr. Seidel’s black comedy: He is scary, but funny, but still scary . . . You would have go back to confessional masters like Lowell and Berryman to find poetry as daringly self-revealing, as risky and compelling, as the best of Frederick Seidel’s.” —*Adam Kirsch,The New York Sun “The poems inOoga-Boogaare [Seidel’s] richest yet and read like no one else’s: They’re surreal without being especially difficult, and utterly unpretentious, suffused with the peculiar American loneliness of Raymond Chandler . . . [The poem ‘Barbados’] is the loveliest Seidel has written to date, and he’s perfected the subtle rhythms and rhymes that rocket the stanzas forward like his Ducati 916 SPS. While I can think of a more likable book of poems, I can scarcely imagine a better one.” —Alex Halberstadt,New Yorkmagazine “[Ooga-Boogais] as beguiling and magisterial as anything [Seidel] has written. I can’t decide whether Seidel has more in common with Philip Larkin or John Ashbery, but the fact that he can prompt such a bizarre question is more revealing than any possible answer.” —Joel Brouwer,The New York Times Book Review
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 112
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Frederick Seidel's previous books of poems include "Final Solutions"; "Sunrise", winner of the Lamont Prize & the 1980 National Book Critics Circle Award; "These Days"; "Poems, 1959-1979"; "My Tokyo" (FSG, 1993); "Going Fast" (FSG, 1998); & "The Cosmos Poems" (FSG, 2000).