The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest

Front Cover
Wesleyan University Press, Nov 30, 2008 - Poetry - 525 pages
0 Reviews
One of the most notable members of the New York School—and its best-known woman—Barbara Guest began writing poetry in the 1950s in company that included John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O’Hara, and James Schuyler. And from the beginning, her practice placed her at the vanguard of American writing. Guest’s poetry, saturated in the visual arts, extended the formal experiments of modernism, and played the abstract qualities of language against its sensuousness and materiality. Now, for the first time, all of her published poems have been brought together in one volume, offering readers and scholars unprecedented access to Guest’s remarkable visionary work. This Collected Poems moves from her early New York School years through her more abstract later work, including some final poems never before published. Switching effortlessly from the real to the dreamlike, the observed to the imagined, this is poetry both gentle and piercing—seemingly simple, but truly and beautifully dislocating.

What people are saying - Write a review

The collected poems of Barbara Guest

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Ranging from 1960's The Location of Things through 2005's The Red Glaze, this hefty collection packs a huge punch-all the more remarkable because the poems themselves are pointedly oblique and ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2008)

BARBARA GUEST (1920 2006) published over twenty volumes of poetry, and earned awards including the Robert Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Society of America. HADLEY GUEST is Barbara Guest s daughter. She lives in Berkeley, California. PETER GIZZI is the author of four books of poetry, including The Outernationale (2007). He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Bibliographic information