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Shroud of the Gnome

Shroud of the Gnome Speakers in James Tate s poems are and are not like those we know a man s meditation on gardening renders him witless another man traps theories and then lets them loose in a city park a nun confides

  • Title: Shroud of the Gnome
  • Author: James Tate
  • ISBN: 9780880015622
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • Speakers in James Tate s poems are and are not like those we know a man s meditation on gardening renders him witless another man traps theories and then lets them loose in a city park a nun confides that it was her cowboy pride that got her through a gnome s friend inhabits a world where a great eschatological ferment is at work Shroud of the Gnome is a bravurSpeakers in James Tate s poems are and are not like those we know a man s meditation on gardening renders him witless another man traps theories and then lets them loose in a city park a nun confides that it was her cowboy pride that got her through a gnome s friend inhabits a world where a great eschatological ferment is at work Shroud of the Gnome is a bravura performance in Tate s signature style playful, wicked, deliriously sober, charming, and dazzling Here, once again, one of America s most masterful poets celebrates the inexplicable in his own strange tongue.

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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.

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    1. In 1965, James Tate road-tripped from Kansas to Iowa City and offered Donald Justice a dozen or so poems to judge, opening up a fount of hyperbole and high keyed hilarity in our literature. Within six years, Tate had published six books, several quite substantial, and tempered his scale of loose talking to the automatic procedures of European modernism, including Eliotic impersonality. A period of adjustment toward the prose poem marks his Eighties, culminating in The Worshipful Company of Fletc [...]


    2. He's obviously talented and the images he conveys here are fascinating and so imaginative, but I just didn't seem to get much out of this collection. It was wonderfully written, but the meanings were forgettable, if reachable at all to begin with. "Dream On" and "Different Kinds of Embroidery" were my favorites and definitely worth reading. Oh, and "Acupuncture"!


    3. I thought this collection would be more about gnomes but it's mostly about random people doing and saying odd things, which is basically Tate poetry. The standout poems for me: "Where Babies Come From;" "The Definition of Gardening;" "Acupuncture;" "The Faults of the Mariner's Compass;" "Revenge of the Jagged Ambush Bug; and "Think of Your Absent Friend."


    4. Disappointing. The book reviewer who wrote this up in the Times did a great job (or maybe a misleading job?) of cherry picking the best lines from this to make it look mind blowing. But for me the pieces as a whole are too fluffy and don't really grow. I still want to read his earlier books.


    5. This is the kind of poetry that validates people saying they don't like poetry because they can't understand it. I love poetry, but this is the kind of poetry that is too close to the absurd for my taste. I need a little more grounding in realism for me to really get/enjoy it.Yuck.



    6. I lost this book on the red line inbound from Braintree. This was probably three years ago now. I hope someone enjoyed it as much as I did.



    7. As a writer exploring the realms of the prose poem, I thought I'd investigate one of the best in the genre: James Tate.





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