Collected Poems

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Overlook Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Poetry - 205 pages
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Paul Austerís penetrating and charged verse resembles little else in recent American poetry. This collection of Austerís poetry, translations, and composition notes from early in his career do much to reinforce the idea that Paul Auster is, indeed, a unique and masterful figure in the literary world.

Taut, densely lyrical, and everywhere informed by a powerful and subtle music, this selection of writings begins with the compact verse fragments of Spokes(written when Auster was in his early twenties) and Unearth, continues on through the more ample meditations of Wall Writing, Disappearances, Effigies, Fragments From the Cold, Facing the Music, and White Spaces, then moves further back in time to include Austerís revealing translations of many of the French poets who influenced his own writing, as well as the provocative and previously unpublished ďNotes From A Composition BookĒ (1967). An introduction by Norman Finkelstein connects biographical elements to a consideration of the work, and takes in Austerís early literary and philosophical influences.

Powerful, haunting, and precise, this view from the past to the present will appeal to those unfamiliar with this aspect of Austerís work, as well as those already acquainted with his poetry.

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As Norman Finkelstein notes in his quick-witted introduction to this collection, Auster has fans, not merely readers. While Auster is widely studied in academia, he has attracted a legion of ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
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FACING THE MUSIC 19781979
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WALL WRITING 19711975
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Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Paul Auster is a writer, director, poet, and actor. The author of nine novels, including The New York Trilogy and, most recently, The Book of Illusions. He also edited the bestselling True Tales of American Life, the NPR National Story Project anthology. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1947, Auster lives with his wife, the writer Siri Hustvedt, and their two children.

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