In Memory of an Angel

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City Lights Books
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5.3 X 7.7 X 0.4 inches | 0.15 pounds

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About the Author
David Shapiro is a member of the second-generation of New York School poets. A child prodigy on the violin, he is also a literary and art critic and presently teaches art history at Patterson College and literature at Cooper Union. He published his first poem at age 13 and his first collection, January (1965), at age 18. Subsequent volumes include Poems from Deal (1969), A Man Holding an Acoustic Panel (1971), The Page-Turner (1972), Lateness (1977), To an Idea (1983), House (Blown Apart) (1988), After a Lost Original (1994), A Burning Interior (2002), and New and Selected Poems (1965-2006) (2007). He has also edited volumes of selected poems by Frank Lima and Joseph Ceravolo, co-edited An Anthology of New York Poets (1969), and written monographs on John Ashbery, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, and Mondrian. He holds a PhD from Columbia University and has received awards from the Merrill Foundation, the NEA, the NEH, and the Graham Foundation. He lives in Riverdale, the Bronx, NYC.

"David Shapiro is a great poet, one of the best poets writing today: his poems are musical, capacious, dark, funny, life-affirming, skeptical, and passionate ('Owl astronaut burgeoning owl is a gift / You give to me give to you / Terrible other things happen. / We stay on our branch. / A hundred eyes / Two will do'; 'Or prayer without hope / Or singing in a time of hopelessness / Or behaving like morning poets at night'; 'Turn him around / In your wind / In your hand / In his dry marvelous sound O word / In the ground / In, in / In your round song'). Repetition and variation enact and embody what is necessary: music is thought is dramatic action: Shapiro's poems breathe and think and feel with the finest, most intense, and most generous awareness. In Memory of an Angel is a masterpiece, a book we need now and will need forever."--Joseph Lease

"A musically musing, erudite, yet light-footed collection that revitalizes a key poetic movement."--Booklist

As in previous collections, [David Shapiro] displays a lavish love of learning and language without blowsy extravagance. His giddy assault on conventions of poetry is delivered with gem-like sharpness. It is easy to get a contact high from the joyousness of his moving menageries, which are sometimes zany, often tender, and entice me to engage energetically with the names, subjects, and situations described in these poems. The reader frequently has to catch up with Shapiro as he generates, mutates, and recombines meanings. However, this hodgepodge of ideas, never humdrum, revises received notions of how objects and sentiments might be inventoried and understood."--Hyperallergic

"In Memory of an Angel, borrowing its title from Allen Berg's violin concerto, charts the wondrous course poetry has wafted across [David Shapiro's] life. ... The delight Shapiro takes in language's play is found upon every page here."--Rain Taxi