The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest
The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest
Barbara Guest

Introduction by Peter Gizzi
Edited by Hadley Haden Guest

If you're looking for poetry by an avant-garde, modernist woman, you need go further than New York School legend Barbara Guest. From her 1960 debut The Location of Things to her 2005 finale The Red Gaze, this landmark collection places her in the select company of forebears like HD, Mina Loy, and Marianne Moore. —Recommended by Garrett, City Lights Publishers

Winner of the SFSU Poetry Center Book Award (2010)

One of the most notable members of the New York School—and its best-known woman—Barbara Guest began writing poetry in the 1950s in company that included John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler. And from the beginning, her practice placed her at the vanguard of American writing. Guest’s poetry, saturated in the visual arts, extended the formal experiments of modernism, and played the abstract qualities of language against its sensuousness and materiality. Now, for the first time, all of her published poems have been brought together in one volume, offering readers and scholars unprecedented access to Guest’s remarkable visionary work. This Collected Poems moves from her early New York School years through her more abstract later work, including some final poems never before published. Switching effortlessly from the real to the dreamlike, the observed to the imagined, this is poetry both gentle and piercing—seemingly simple, but truly and beautifully dislocating.

Title The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest
Author Barbara Guest
Introduction by Peter Gizzi
Edited by Hadley Haden Guest
Publisher Wesleyan University Press
Title First Published 03 May 2016
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 600 p.
ISBN-10 0819567779
ISBN-13 9780819567772
Publication Date 03 May 2016
Main content page count 600
Weight 16 oz.

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