Worshipful Company of Fletchers

Worshipful Company of Fletchers Masterfully drawing on a variety of voices and characters James Tate joyfully offers his first book since winning the Pulitzer Prize in for his Selected Poems

  • Title: Worshipful Company of Fletchers
  • Author: James Tate
  • ISBN: 9780880014311
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • Masterfully drawing on a variety of voices and characters, James Tate joyfully offers his first book since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his Selected Poems.

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    About "James Tate"

    1. James Tate

      James Vincent Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri He taught creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University, and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he worked since 1971 He was a member of the poetry faculty at the MFA Program for Poets Writers, along with Dara Wier and Peter Gizzi.Dudley Fitts selected Tate s first book of poems, The Lost Pilot 1967 for the Yale Series of Younger Poets while Tate was still a student at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop Fitts praised Tate s writing for its natural grace Despite the early praise he received Tate alienated some of his fans in the seventies with a series of poetry collections that grew and strange.He published two books of prose, Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee 2001 and The Route as Briefed 1999 His awards include a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, a Pulitzer Prize in poetry, a National Book Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts He was also a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.Tate s writing style is difficult to describe, but has been identified with the postmodernist and neo surrealist movements He has been known to play with phrases culled from news items, history, anecdotes, or common speech later cutting, pasting, and assembling such divergent material into tightly woven compositions that reveal bizarre and surreal insights into the absurdity of human nature.


    1. I was about 8 pages from the end of this book when my girlfriend, from whom I had borrowed it, dumped me, and I had to give it back. After the shock and heartache began to subside (so, like a week), I realized I desperately wanted to finish this work.I'm glad I did. Once the reader gets the hang of Tate's style in this book, the poems just hum with potent atmosphere and almost tactile emotion. The majesty of Tate's work here is how he wraps his larger ideas, not so much in mundane, but in the pu [...]

    2. James Tate is one of my favorite modern poets. His poems are sometimes obscure and bizarre, and his wordplay and sense of humor make every volume an entertaining read. The best of his poems, images, and ideas remind me of some of my favorite Dylan lyrics. My favorite in this volume is 'How the Pope is Chosen', very funny and wins a bonus 1/2 point for timeliness. 4.5

    3. After a poodle diesall the cardinals flock to the nearest 7-Eleven.They drink Slurpies until one of them throws upand the he's the new Pope.-"How The Pope Is Chosen""Head Of a White Woman Winking" is the poem I've always wanted to write, damnit.

    4. This is the first Tate book I have ever read. I had some passing familiarity with him via anthologies and such. I came across a used copy of this book while Laurie Capps and I were perusing the poetry section at a used book store in Charlotte. She recommended it highly and since I think highly of her I didn't hesitate to buy it. Judging from this one book alone, when Tate is on he's really on. Poems like "Happy As the Day is Long" and "50 Views of Tokyo" are wonderful conglomerations of seemingl [...]

    5. So, I'm going through poets that studied at Iowa. My first experience with Tate. And I like it. I like the surprises, the whimsy and implausibility Tate blends with concrete images to link together the themes in this book: the usual stuff about life, religion, etc and the never ending discussion about what the hell we're all doing here. Particularly compelling are "In my Own Backyard," "The Parade and After the Parade," "An Eland, in Retirement" "a New Beginning," and "The Documentary We Were Ma [...]

    6. I should come back to this after I'm a little bit more used to reading poetry. A lot of little things I liked, but nothing really grabbed me off the bat.

    7. These poems made me think of plates with odd pairings of buffet food on them. I couldn't make any sense of how it all got there, or what the chef was doing. There were about four poems here that I enjoyed: "Eland", and "Pope" among them.

    8. I read this probably ten years ago, ten after it was published, shortly on the heels of a Selected for which he'd won the Pulitzer. I just read it, to keep up, perhaps without concentration, considering the reading of some other Tate volume I didn't end up opening and didn't get around to until let's say, The Ghost Soldiers (which I appear to have started reading in 2012 or so). So I missed the news, which was that this was his best late book (still have a couple to catch up on), disclosing the [...]

    9. There is a lot to be said about the power of association in poetry. Some of the most poignant moments in contemporary poetry happen when the poet is skilled and brave enough to disconnect from narrative logic and leap to another plane, opening a new level of understanding in readers. James Tate is obviously aware of this phenomena and in this National Book Award winning volume attempts to create a speaker and persona who freely associates images from his environment with observations about consc [...]

    10. James Tate found a bobcat in his backyard. They both felt a right to the land. They decided to wrestle for it. It went on for hours. No one won, everyone was tired. They went into Tate's garage and shared a couple six-packs. The beers made them chatty. By the end of the night they were best friends. The bobcat moved into the house next door. They took turns holding neighborhood barbecues on the Fourth of July. They sat on Tate's porch and shot the breeze. They watched their kids wrestle and then [...]

    11. I've read some Tate before, and these didn't really do it for me. I wasn't into the line breaks; I wanted straight prose poetry, son. Like one poem stuck out to me as amazing, but everything else was pretty cool still. Just not as good as I was expecting from my first full collection of Tate. I guess I should just read Collected. Cool, calm,

    12. i really liked this book. some of the poems i would rate a 6 even, so that even with a 3 or a couple of 4s, it has to average the book to a five. Laurie and i just saw him read new work at the HRC, here in austin. Gotta love the HRC.

    13. This is not my kind of poetry; there was lots of jumping from one image to another without any explanation of how they connect. Some of the poems almost worked for me, but for all of them I felt I was being asked to be inside the author's head without being given any way to get there.

    14. Sometimes only in a musical stream of consciousness can we puncture the absurdity of the mundane world. At this Tate is a master.

    15. These poems usually get boring before I've even finished reading them, though they're all very clear and neat. Chuckle poems occasionally. But then I think his first book or two are great.

    16. This collection is what the result of a beautiful car accident involving Wallace Stevens and Doctor Seuss.(OK, I'm being a little stupid; it's a great collection.)

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