Is Music: Selected Poems
“John Taggart’s poetry is not like music, it is music.”—George Oppen
Is Music—a major retrospective of an American original—gathers the best poems from John Taggart’s fourteen volumes, ranging from early objectivist experiments and jazz-influenced improvisational pieces to longer breathtaking compositions regarded as underground masterpieces. There is a prayerful quality to Taggart’s poetry, rooted in music—from medieval Christian traditions and soul to American punk rock. He is also heavily influenced by the visual arts, most notably in his classic “Slow Song for Mark Rothko,” in which he did with words what Rothko did with paint and dye.
To breathe and stretch one’s arms again
To sing to light the most quiet light in darkness
To sing as the host sings in his house.
John Taggart is the author of fourteen books of poetry and two books of criticism. He was, for many years, a professor of English and director of the Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Shippensburg University. He lives near Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
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Review: Is Music: New and Selected PoemsUser Review - Matthew - Goodreads
Terrific gathering of most of the work that's not a long poem (there are many). The sample reveals both a devotional attention inside the music and protest as well as an acutely green sensibility. John Taggart is a living master we should all abide Read full review
Review: Is Music: New and Selected PoemsUser Review - Louise - Goodreads
I adore John Taggart. A major retrospective is bound to be slightly uneven though.... and some of my favorites were left out of this, so that's why the 4 stars. When he's good, he's certainly 5 stars good. Read full review
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