Overheard in a Drugstore: And Other Poems

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NewSouth Books, Aug 13, 2015 - Poetry - 96 pages
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Andrew Glaze's poetry has been described as "funny, quixotic, and very wise," while writer Norman Rosen once called him "a serious, irreverent poet, capable of setting off fireworks in the museum." Overheard in a Drugstore continues in that maverick tradition, offering poems that are humorous, affectionate, moving, evocative, and controversial -- sometimes simultaneously.

From poems such as "Blue Ridge" and "Sunset Rock," in which he artfully overlaps a current landscape with ghosts of the past, to "Fishermen," in which he compares writers to anglers aiming to hook the perfect prose, his unique voice paints vivid imagery for the reader.

Glaze has been highly praised in the New York Times, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and honored with awards from Poetry Magazine and the Southeastern Booksellers Association. His first full-length collection, Damned Ugly Children (1966) was named a "Notable Book" by the American Library Association. He is in the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame and is serving as the Eleventh Poet Laureate of Alabama.


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Andrew Glaze is the eleventh Poet Laureate of Alabama. Educated at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Grenoble, Glaze spent thirty years in Manhattan and fourteen in Miami before returning to Birmingham, Alabama, where he grew up and as a young man worked as a journalist. He came to national attention in 1966, when his first major volume of poetry was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and declared a “Notable Book” by the National Library Association. A prolific writer, his poems have appeared in scores of books and periodicals, including The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Poetry Magazine. His poem “A Journey” was set to music by composer Ned Rorem and has been recorded by multiple artists. At the age of 95, he lives in Birmingham with his wife, Adriana, a former dancer and actress.

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