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George Green’s poems are full of wit, lore, and extraordi­nary twists. They converse delightfully of cultures high and low, yet with a vision which recognizes in Warhol’s portraits “a frightful vacancy and transience,” and can see in twinkling Sirius “a loose bulb on the drunkard’s porch that flickers.” His constantly amusing discourse has an enriching darkness which transcends the comic.  —Richard Wilbur


The poems of George Green, with their breadth of knowl­edge, their eloquence, their humor, their vitality, all incom­parably orchestrated, are astonishing. He is one of the truly outstanding poets at work today.  —Mark Strand


George Green is an ingenious poet who brings it all to the table—his erudition, his comic sense, an open heart, and an unerring feel for English prosody.  —Billy Collins



 

 

Lord Byron’s Foot is worth the price of admission for the title poem alone, but every poem here has its surprises and pleasures. In George Green’s poems, Jimmy Hendrix rubs shoulders with John Wilkes Booth, Pindar, and Maria Callas, to name a few. If this makes Green sound ironic and postmodern, that is misleading. Green treats his readers as though we were as cool, urbane, well-read, smart, and unpretentious as he is. He’s probably wrong, but how can we not be flattered and beguiled?

 

 

 

A. E. Stallings

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George Green is a pop-culture Juvenal, whose satiric strain is both trenchant and elegiac. The poems in Lord Byron’s Foot move deftly between the back alleys of Trieste and the parking lots of his hometown in Pennsylvania, be­tween Chichester Cathedral and the downtown streets and parks of Manhattan where he has lived for three decades. Green’s range and depth of knowledge in these technically accomplished poems might be intimidating if not for the disarming delight and pas­sion with which he engages his material and the bizarrely rau­cous humor in which the poetry often revels.
     Lord Byron’s Foot is the twelfth winner of the annual New Crite­rion Poetry Prize. The New Cri­terion is recognized as one of the foremost contemporary venues for poetry that pays close atten­tion to form. Building upon its commitment to serious poetry, The New Criterion established this annual prize in 2000.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: St. Augustines Press; 1 edition (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587314770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587314773
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,289,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Walter J. Schretzman on February 14, 2013
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These poems can wake you up. These poems can make you smile.
You may read these poems and learn something of the world beyond
and the world within.
Buy this volume and you will become invested in the manifestation of
grace in the evolution of humanity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Hilbert on February 21, 2013
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This is wonderful book, intelligent, funny, and . . . as they say, unputdownable! You will not regret buying this book. I bought two and gave one to a friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gary wyss on August 2, 2013
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That's basically what I want to say: George Green's poetry is both really smart and really funny. The title poem is a perfect example, a poem that displays extraordinary technical skill, erudition, and fairly broad humor. The Warhol poems and the poems about movies are also quite good.
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