Ooga-booga: Poems

November 6, 2007|
Ooga-booga: Poems by Frederick Seidel
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"The best American poet writing today"*

"The title itself-a parody of a threat, something the monster under the bed might grunt-manages to capture the weird dialectic of Mr. Seidel''s black comedy: He is scary, but funny, but still scary . . . You would have go back to confessional masters like Lowell and Berryman to find poetry as daringly self-revealing, as risky and compelling, as the best of Frederick Seidel''s." -*Adam Kirsch, The New York Sun

"The poems in Ooga-Booga are [Seidel''s] richest yet and read like no one else''s: They''re surreal without being especially difficult, and utterly unpretentious, suffused with the peculiar American loneliness of Raymond Chandler . . . [The poem ''Barbados''] is the loveliest Seidel has written to date, and he''s perfected the subtle rhythms and rhymes that rocket the stanzas forward like his Ducati 916 SPS. While I can think of a more likable book of poems, I can scarcely imagine a better one." -Alex Halberstadt, New York magazine

"[Ooga-Booga is] as beguiling and magisterial as anything [Seidel] has written. I can''t decide whether Seidel has more in common with Philip Larkin or John Ashbery, but the fact that he can prompt such a bizarre question is more revealing than any possible answer." -Joel Brouwer, The New York Times Book Review

Frederick Seidel''s previous books of poems include The Cosmos Trilogy; Final Solutions; Sunrise; These Days; and Poems, 1959-1979. He received the 2002 PEN/Voelker Award for Poetry.
Title:Ooga-booga: Poems
Product dimensions:112 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.27 in
Shipping dimensions:112 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.27 in
Published:November 6, 2007
Publisher:Farrar, Straus And Giroux
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780374530976

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