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New and Selected Poems Paperback – November 5, 2013
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“Lehman is a combination of Mark Twain, Charlie Rose and John Le Carre with a little John Donne thrown in.” (Grace Gavalieri Washington Independent Review of Books)
“David Lehman is a true literary man…Poems such as “Mother Died Today” mark the development of his style from a more accessible, straightforward poetry with narrative and storytelling, to a more experiment, mashy style of contemporary poetry, often engaging in dialogue with other works of art.” (The Literary Man)
“There is a generousness of spirit that the poet and the anthologist have in common. As a poet, Mr. Lehman has always been conversational in style, given to seemingly casual aper?u that take on a larger resonance…His poems weave through history, philosophy, sports, love, jazz, New York life, family life, Judaism and poetry.” (Sarah Douglas New York Observer)
“[Lehman’s] lines echo others from Blake, Donne, Frost, Keats, Eliot, Dickinson, the Great American Songbook, and many others, usually not in poems that cite them by name and never to flout his knowledge…His matter is personal, his language common, and his manner surrealist.” (Ray Olson Booklist)
“[New and Selected Poems] places the poems themselves as center stage: they steer an entertaining, zigzag path between nonchalant Jewish-American autobiography and whimsical experiment. Lehman shows a genius for comic one-liners, for the humor at the root of pathos and the pathos inside tragedy.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Very few writers can actually shape how you see the world. David Lehman is such a writer.” (Robert Olen Butler)
“Inventive and often winningly sincere…Lehman is candid as well as ironic—sometimes, both at once. He generates a maniacal, irreverent, fast-thinking range of references to movies, poems, history.” (Robert Pinsky Washington Post Book World)
“Lehman uses many conveyances—including the prose poem, the sestina, and curt rhymes—to travel across the writing life of a poet whose instinctive romanticism is always bracing and tough-minded, brimming with a rare generosity.” (Ken Tucker Entertainment Weekly)
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In his right to trade a season of greed
for an hour of love in an unlit corner
Confessional poetry as it was once written! David Lehman is a true friend of poetry. He'd probably be first to concede he's not up there with the greats, those who blazed the trail and have given sustenance ever since, but in him we can detect an intelligence at work, and a sensibility, and a devotion to those poets past, and for that we are grateful