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James Tate (2) (1943–2015)

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About the Author

James Vincent Tate was born in Kansas City on December 8, 1943 and erupted upon the poetry scene when, in 1967, at the age of 23, he received the Yale Series of Young Poets award for The Lost Pilot. Within two years of his stunning debut, Tate had another dozen collections in print or accepted for mostrar mais publication. Tate's work earned him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He was a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 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 Writers' Workshop; Fitts praised Tate's writing for its "natural grace." Tate's first volume of poetry, Cages, was published by Shepherd's Press, Iowa City, 1966. Tate won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award in 1991 for his Selected Poems. In 1994, he won the National Book Award for his poetry collection Worshipful Company of Fletchers. In addition to many books of poetry, he published two books of prose, Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee (2001) and The Route as Briefed (1999). Tate received his B.A. in 1965, going on to earn his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa's famed Writer's Workshop. He died on July 8, 2015 at the age of 71. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: James Tate (links) im Grolier Bookshop in Harvard Square in den 1960er Jahren / By Elsadorfman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Obras por James Tate

Selected Poems (1991) 186 exemplares
Worshipful Company of Fletchers (1994) 170 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1997 (1997) — Editor — 167 exemplares
Memoir of the Hawk: Poems (2001) 93 exemplares
The Ghost Soldiers: Poems (2008) 88 exemplares
Shroud Of The Gnome (1997) 84 exemplares
Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee (2002) 69 exemplares
The Lost Pilot (1967) 64 exemplares
Absences; new poems (1972) 44 exemplares
The Oblivion Ha-Ha (1970) 38 exemplares
The Government Lake: Last Poems (2019) 29 exemplares

Associated Works

A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry (1996) — Contribuidor — 835 exemplares
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Contribuidor, algumas edições449 exemplares
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Contribuidor — 365 exemplares
McSweeney's Issue 22: Three Books Held Within By Magnets (2007) — Contribuidor — 336 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 223 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 205 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 190 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 177 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 174 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Contribuidor — 172 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1998 (1998) — Contribuidor — 162 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 136 exemplares
Poets of World War II (2003) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
Emergency Kit (1996) — Contribuidor, algumas edições109 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2020 (2020) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
The Yale Younger Poets Anthology (1998) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review (2008) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
St. Peter's B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints (2014) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (1993) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry (1982) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Fire Exit 3 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Kayak 12 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Fire Exit, 4 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Fire Exit, Volume 1, Number 1 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



I had to wait for this poetry collection to be shipped to me for quite some time. This was his some of his earlier poetry, and I am crazy for his later prose, freeform poems. These poems still reflected his wonderfully odd mind, quirky sense of humor, but were much more conventionally styled. They were fun, but not quite as bizarre as his later poetry that I adore.
jphamilton | 2 outras críticas | Aug 7, 2021 |
If you occasionally think of your life as aimless and absurd, you're not imagining things. Or maybe you are: Call your online outbursts tweets, but birdsong is much more urgent. Surrealist poet James Tate, who died in July 2015, turns the woodpecker's tap into a Morse code warning from the front lines. Too bad cracking the code seems like such a bother. Crawl out on his limb, and soon the folly of it all will make perfect sense. Here's rel="nofollow" target="_top">just one poem to give you an idea. Maybe you can't relate. But most of what I read on social media seems just as sadly ridiculous, and nowhere near as much fun.… (mais)
rynk | 1 outra crítica | Jul 11, 2021 |
James Tate's second full book was Oblivion Ha-Ha, published in 1970 by Little Brown. It has an orange and blue dust jacket with a picture of kite flyers. The back cover is a full page photograph of the romantic young author.
The book is most famous for three poems, "The Blue Booby," "Little Yellow Leaf," and "The Wheelchair Butterfly ('Beware a velvet tabernacle')." At first glance the book is full of funny surrealist poems, the song of a manic whipporwill. Its all of the same sequined cloth. However, just below the surface of so many of the poems there is a sad and lovely melancholy. The words which appear most are Orange, black, dark and darkness. The poems are in the same category as and somewhere in between Ashbery and Simic. In these poems bread sighs, a "rollerskate collides with a lunch pail," " the dark is an available religion," and "chameleons can walk around a small room." These are tall skinny poems of delight and despair. I particularly liked the following poems:

1. Poem, which starts of the volume, is terrific:
"He did the handkerchief dance all alone
O Desire! it is the beautiful dress

for which the proper occasion
never arises.

O the wedding cake and the good cigar!"

There's a little Kenneth Koch there too.

2. "Prose Poem," which is of course lineated and racous [raw cuss].

3. "The Tryst," in which the word 'baleful' is perfectly used.

4. The manic, maniac "Shadowboxing," sweet and lonely.

5. "Twilight Sustenance Hiatus" in which the colon is well placed:

" There is so little news fit to print:
Yesterday a moth caught fire."

6. When Kabir Died," " Failed Tribute to the Stonemason of Tor House, Robinson Jeffers," "Conjuring Roethke," "No End to Fall River," and the long last poem "Bennington."

"Hello again, mad turnip,"
… (mais)
RODNEYP | May 19, 2021 |
I find myself getting into a groove sometimes when I’m reading the poetry of James Tate. This particular poetry collection was Return to the City of White Donkeys, from 2005, and again he constantly surprised me with the twists and turns that inhabited his work. As I read poem after poem of his, I found myself expecting just about anything to happen. He could be writing something approaching a fable, or a mundane modern story that suddenly takes an enormous leap, or animals could be conversing, aliens landing, plagues breaking out, the police rapping at the door, a character could be having an out-of-body experience, a person could be finding or losing his love, or you just might not have a clue to what is actually going on. One should never assume that Tate was happy with entirely changing everything around just once in a poem, more change could easily be found in the very next line.

My Tate groove is that anything and everything could be sitting there, waiting for me. Reading a book of his writings carries over and loosens up how I think, approach things, write, and even dream. He breaks up the standard linear and routine way of seeing things, and his poetry rekindles the unique and the unexpected. Again, Tate reaffirmed that the joy and power of literature and its ability to reach people is a truly amazing thing.
… (mais)
jphamilton | 1 outra crítica | Dec 14, 2020 |



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