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Frederick Seidel

Autor(a) de Ooga-Booga: Poems

27+ Works 464 Membros 5 Críticas 4 Favorited

About the Author

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). (Bowker Author Biography)
Image credit: Photograph by Antonin Kratochvil. From the New York Times Magazine, 4/12/2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/magazine/12Seidel-t.html?pagewanted=all

Obras por Frederick Seidel

Ooga-Booga: Poems (2006) 122 exemplares, 3 críticas
Poems 1959-2009 (2009) 100 exemplares
Going Fast: Poems (1998) 34 exemplares
Nice Weather: Poems (2012) 29 exemplares
The Cosmos Trilogy (2003) 20 exemplares
Sunrise (1980) 15 exemplares
Widening Income Inequality: Poems (2016) 14 exemplares
These Days (1989) 13 exemplares
Life on Earth: Poems (2001) 13 exemplares, 1 crítica
Area Code 212: Poems (2002) 13 exemplares
Peaches Goes It Alone: Poems (2018) 11 exemplares
My Tokyo: Poems (1993) 9 exemplares
Frederick Seidel selected poems (2020) 9 exemplares
The Cosmos Poems (2000) 9 exemplares
Poems 1959-1979 (1989) 8 exemplares
Nice Weather (2013) 7 exemplares
Widening Income Inequality (2016) 5 exemplares
Selected poems (2006) 3 exemplares
Final Solutions: Poems (1963) 3 exemplares
Peaches Goes It Alone: Poems (2019) 3 exemplares
Evening Man (2008) 3 exemplares, 1 crítica
Final Solutions (1963) 2 exemplares
Nice Weather (2012) 2 exemplares
New Selected Poems (2021) 2 exemplares

Associated Works

The Best American Poetry 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Contribuidor — 172 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Best American Poetry 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 166 exemplares, 1 crítica
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (1994) — Contribuidor — 155 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 136 exemplares, 4 críticas
The Best American Poetry 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 83 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Best American Poetry 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
My Favorite Plant: Writers and Gardeners on the Plants They Love (1998) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares, 1 crítica
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Paris Review 208 2014 Spring (2014) — Contribuidor; Contribuidor — 17 exemplares, 2 críticas
Poetry Magazine Vol. 200 No. 5, September 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1936-02-19
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Educação
Harvard University
Prémios e menções honrosas
PEN/Voelcker Award (2002)

Membros

Críticas

A dual-review of 'Evening Man' and 'Ooga-Booga.'

Yet more evidence that honest reportage from the disaffected has more critical force than puritanical censorship: it's impossible to read this and feel anything but disgust for Seidel, his world (i.e., the ultra-rich), and the world surrounding that world, in which everything is for sale, for the purposes of sex and hedonism. He's a bit like Houllebecq, if Houllebecq was much smarter and a better writer, and was a poet, rather than a novelist with poetry on the side.

And formally, he's a breath of fresh air: none of your precise, non-rhythmic patter; no hesitation in throwing in cliched rhymes if they'll get the job done; willing to find the tunes in words from anywhere (bad pop song rhythm; good hip-hop rhythm; Eliotesque slides and so on). Where most poets seem to think sentences are either logocentric impositions on their own free spirit, or that syntax is for other people, Seidel makes do with almost Hemingway-levels of minimalism, as in this final stanza of 'Ode to Spring':

"I go off and have sexual intercourse.
The woman is the woman I love.
The room displays thirteen lilies.
I stand on the surface."

The poems in this book mostly avoid neat closure, as here, where a trimeter would have made more conventional sense; I found this frustrating, but of course, that's the point.

Unfortunately, I made the mistake of reading 'Evening Man' and 'Ooga-Booga' back to back; the unvarying themes (which Seidel himself pokes fun at) aren't entirely saved by the varying forms, and by the end I was ready for something else.
… (mais)
 
Assinalado
stillatim | 2 outras críticas | Oct 23, 2020 |
A dual-review of 'Evening Man' and 'Ooga-Booga.'

Yet more evidence that honest reportage from the disaffected has more critical force than puritanical censorship: it's impossible to read this and feel anything but disgust for Seidel, his world (i.e., the ultra-rich), and the world surrounding that world, in which everything is for sale, for the purposes of sex and hedonism. He's a bit like Houllebecq, if Houllebecq was much smarter and a better writer, and was a poet, rather than a novelist with poetry on the side.

And formally, he's a breath of fresh air: none of your precise, non-rhythmic patter; no hesitation in throwing in cliched rhymes if they'll get the job done; willing to find the tunes in words from anywhere (bad pop song rhythm; good hip-hop rhythm; Eliotesque slides and so on). Where most poets seem to think sentences are either logocentric impositions on their own free spirit, or that syntax is for other people, Seidel makes do with almost Hemingway-levels of minimalism, as in this final stanza of 'Ode to Spring':

"I go off and have sexual intercourse.
The woman is the woman I love.
The room displays thirteen lilies.
I stand on the surface."

The poems in this book mostly avoid neat closure, as here, where a trimeter would have made more conventional sense; I found this frustrating, but of course, that's the point.

Unfortunately, I made the mistake of reading 'Evening Man' and 'Ooga-Booga' back to back; the unvarying themes (which Seidel himself pokes fun at) aren't entirely saved by the varying forms, and by the end I was ready for something else.
… (mais)
 
Assinalado
stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
These poems are definitely not for the prudish or the fainthearted. Seidel's poems are raw, savage, fearless, with a lyrical beauty that makes the whole collection twisted. He writes about what horrifies many with musical bluntness. A wild ride from start to finish.

"While I can think of a more likable book of poems, I ca scarcely imagine a better one..." Alex Halberstadt, New York
 
Assinalado
est-lm | 2 outras críticas | May 3, 2014 |
I think Frederick Seidel is one of the greatest poets of the 21st century.
 
Assinalado
aseikonia | Jan 21, 2010 |

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Obras
27
Also by
12
Membros
464
Popularidade
#53,001
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Críticas
5
ISBN
44
Marcado como favorito
4

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