The Ghost Soldiers: Poems by James TateThe Ghost Soldiers: Poems by James Tate

The Ghost Soldiers: Poems

byJames Tate

Paperback | March 31, 2009

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In this, his fifteenth collection of poetry, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate continues doing what he does best. His poems are evocative, provocative, funny, subtle, eccentric, occasionally disturbing, and wildly outrageous. Tate′s surrealist style strikes its own utterly new and original note in American poetry; as Charles Simic has observed, "To write a poem out of nothng at all is Tate′s genius...Just about anything can happen next in this kind of poetry and that is its attraction...He makes me think that anti-poetry is the best friend poetry ever had."

Father′s Day

My daughter has lived overseas for a number

of years now. She married into royalty, and they

won′t let her communicate with any of her family or

friends. She lives on birdseed and a few sips

of water. She dreams of me constantly. Her husband,

the Prince, whips her when he catches her dreaming.

Fierce guard dogs won′t let her out of their sight.

I hired a detective, but he was killed trying to

rescue her. I have written hundreds of letters

to the State Department. They have written back

saying that they are aware of the situation. I

never saw her dance. I was always away at some

convention. I never saw her sing. I was always

working late. I called her My Princess, to make

up for my shortcomings, and she never forgave me.

Birdseed was her middle name.

James Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1943. He is the author of seventeen books of poetry, includingWorshipful Company of Fletchers, which won the National Book Award in 1994;Selected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award in 1991; andThe Lost Pilot, which was selected by Dudley Fitts for t...
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Title:The Ghost Soldiers: PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:March 31, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061756075

ISBN - 13:9780061756078

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