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At the End of the Day: Selected Poems and an Introductory Essay First Edition Edition

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Anyone eager for the performance of an adult, rich and animated intelligence will be grateful for Phillip Lopate's display of personality and experience. --New York Times Book Review

Phillip Lopate may be an American ambassador of nonfiction, but he is also a youthful, taciturn, love-seeking New York poet, whose poems' plainspoken, personal, darkly humorous quietly gather strength while confronting the beautiful and ugly in city life. I admire their vitality and honesty. --Henri Cole

About the Author

Phillip Lopate was born in 1943 Brooklyn, New York in and received a B.A. from Columbia in 1964 and later a doctorate from the Union Graduate School in 1979. He spent twelve years working with children as a writer in schools, and taught creative writing and literature at Fordham, Cooper Union, University of Houston, and New York University. Currently, Lopate holds the Adams Chair at Hofstra University and he is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many awards he has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. His work includes: These Eyes Don't Always Want to Stay Open (1972), Being With Children (1975), The Daily Round (1976), Confessions of Summer (1979), Bachelorhood: Tales of the Metropolis (1981), The Art of the Personal Essay (1995), Totally, Tenderly, Tragically (1998), Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (2000), Getting Personal (2003), Rudy Burckhardt: Life and Work (2004), Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan (2004), and American Movie Critics: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now (2006).
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Marsh Hawk Press; First Edition edition (January 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978555589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978555580
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Amy L. Jenkins on March 31, 2010
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Phillip Lopate's collection melds the wit of Frank O'Hara, the sense of self of Walt Whitman, and the Lopateness of humor and estrangement. He's so honest, he makes me blush. It's as if he knows too many of my secret frailties, as he exposes his own. There are no nouns for many of the emotions portrayed in "In the Time," yet the verse carries the resonance of recognized passions. I want to believe that love is more romantic than portrayed in "Hearts," yet the exacting exposure seems to codify the value of all our failing relationships. Nobody mixes petulance and charm like Lopate.
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Thanks, Amy, for doing my work for me. I just happened upon this and in my excitement reviewed it for amazon.co.uk (check it out, folks) but basically I've been waiting for Phil's 'third book'(?) all my life. It's great that so many poets live so long these days and can still turn out work that equals their best (we won't talk about the other kind, those professionals who've been trading off their mega-reputations for years). Not that I put Phil in the 'elder poet' category, heaven forbid; you need to be pushing 80 for that - so keep at it, Phil! - but it's great that of the shaggier poets who we all thought would fade away so many still hang in there, like all those underground cartoonists and dubious musicians. Sorry this is so incoherent; Phil, like the late Saint Joe (Brainard), seems to have this effect on me. So what is it about his work? Well, I guess tenderness is as good a word as any. Bags of modesty too, not normally considered a poetic virtue, but sincerity and genuineness - genuine genuineness - are rarer among poets than they should be; in fact perhaps artistic endeavour generally is mostly about faking the genuineness. Lopate's disarming preface alone should win converts (though Breton doesn't take an accent, even in Noo Yawk).
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You will be surprised at what a good poet philip lopate used to be, before becoming such a great esssayist. THis is a delightful collection. get it for your guy friends.
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