The Old Man who Swam Away and Left Only His Wet Feet: Poems

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La Alameda Press, 1998 - Poetry - 144 pages
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This book brings together thirty years of writing: two previously released chapbooksA Lover's Quarrel with AmericaandDostoevsky & Other Nature Poemsalong with new work from the last decade. All of it bears Frumkin's signature stoic humor. These poems have emanated from nature are meant to be a tribute to nature: the nature of the four elements human nature, art and artists as facts of nature, and the nature of language itself. Described as an "unlineal descendant of Doestoevsky," Frumkin uses philosophical equations and remarkable language to describe hopeful endurance within the modern condition, life strategies "where green disengages/from truth/and emerges armed with wily music."

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About the author (1998)

Gene Frumkin was born in New York City in 1928. After obtaining a degree from the University of California in 1950, he worked for a time as managing editor of California Apparel News before moving on to the University of New Mexico, where he became writer-in-residence and then professor of English. Frumkin's poetry is generally associated with the Beat Movement. Besides publishing his poetry in various journals, such as Saturday Review and Poetry, he has also written numerous books of poetry. They include The Hawk and the Lizard, The Orange Tree, The Rainbow Walker, Locust Cry, The Mystic Writing Pad, The Indian Rio Grande: Recent Poems From Three Cultures, and Loops. Frumkin is the co-founder of the poetry journal Coastlines. He lives in New Mexico.

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