Sallies, Romps, Portraits and Send Offs
Sallies, Romps, Portraits and Send Offs
Selected Prose 2000-2018



A delightful and cantankerous collection of essays and criticism about good poets and bad poets, homicidal musicians, obsessive music collecting and the eerie delights of San Francisco fog. A perfect introduction to the local bard's tender and curmudgeonly oeuvre.

—Recommended by Micheal, City Lights Bookstore

Sixteen years' worth of incisive essays by the great poet and memoirist

"Witty, gritty poet and memoirist Kleinzahler" (Publishers Weekly) has gathered the best of sixteen years’ worth of essays, remembrances, and reviews in this scabrous and essential collection, setting down his thoughts about great poets and bad poets, about kvetching fiction writers and homicidal musicians, about eccentric critics and discerning nobodies, always with insight and humor, and never suffering fools gladly.

Here, in Sallies, Romps, Portraits, and Send-Offs, August Kleinzahler eulogizes famous friends, warts and all (Thom Gunn, Christopher Middleton, Leonard Michaels); leads the charge in carving up a few bloated reputations (E. E. Cummings, Richard Brautigan); and sings the praises of unjustly neglected masters (Lucia Berlin, Kenneth Cox). He also turns the spotlight on himself in several short, delightful memoirs, covering such subjects as his obsessive CD collecting, the eerie effects of San Francisco fog, and the terrible duty of selling of his childhood home.

Title Sallies, Romps, Portraits and Send Offs
Subtitle Selected Prose 2000-2018
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Title First Published 19 May 2017
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 320 p.
ISBN-10 0374282099
ISBN-13 9780374282097
Publication Date 09 May 2017
Main content page count 320
Weight 32 oz.
 


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