In Memory of an Angel
"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."—Patrick James Dunagan
"The 26 Books We're Sure to Be Reading This Year"
Jan 29, 2017
In Memory of an Angel named to this list of books Forward is reading in 2017: "A member of the second generation of the New York School, following such notables as John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara, Shapiro's poems dive between the earthly and ethereal."
"David Shapiro's Narrow Bridge"
Jun 20, 2017
Profile of David Shapiro, his new book In Memory of an Angel, and his reading at City Lights Bookstore.
"When Shapiro finished his reading at City Lights, it seemed the applause would never end—it went on and on, ebbing and rising again. The thought of that applause, and of that gratitude, echoed within me as our own conversation came to a close."
"So blithe, teasing, and buoyant. Yet these charming, whirling poems are like the bright, wind-tossed spray, the lacy frill and froth dancing at the peaks of a deep, dark brooding sea. Shapiro has been writing poetry for more than five decades, and his riddling lyrics are veined with allusions to literature, art, history, science, and religion. A member of the New York School, he has written about the work of John Ashbery and was a friend of Kenneth Koch. Shapiro calls out to them and other poets, from Blake and Shelley to Allen Ginsberg and Ron Padgett, in his first collection in 15 years. He muses on the curious act of writing poems and revels in nature, especially on the wing, from fireflies to hummingbirds. Jewish thought also shapes his quicksilver poems in which formal structures provide intricate trellises for his blooming, swooping images and thorny, vining thoughts. Shapiro asks, 'If one saves a butterfly, has one saved the world?' A musically musing, erudite, yet light-footed collection taht revitalizes a key poetic movement."––Donna Seaman, 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."––Jon Curley
"In Memory of an Angel featured in Publishers Weekly's Spring 2017 Announcements"
Dec 9, 2016