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Paul Hoover's voice speaks to the closest listening ear as he writes a poetry whose momentum increases with each reading. The short lines and sudden turns of phrasing demand a flying journey through this book. The surprises the reader encounters also give foundation to one of the most imaginative and necessary writers in American verse. The Bloomsbury Review Paul Hoover's new collection of poems is something of a departure for a poet known for his humour, his high spirits, and sense of the absurd - an heir, so common wisdom would have it, of the New York school from O'Hara to Ron Padgett. A few poems in Rehearsal in Black do fit this bill: the comic travelogue 'California,' for instance, which takes the reader from Hollywood to Mt. Tamalpais. -- Marjorie Perloff Hoover always makes sure that the ear - as much as the eye - has plenty to enjoy. Rehearsal in Black is one of those rare books that successfully integrates both old and new poetic traditions, illustrating how poetry, "the science of the irrational," can still offer rich opportunities for synthesizing oppositional aesthetics. -- Fred Muratori Rain Taxi

About the Author

Paul Hoover is author of eleven poetry collections including Edge and Fold, Poems in Spanish, Winter (Mirror), Totem and Shadow: New & Selected Poems, Viridian, and The Novel: A Poem. He is also widely known as the editor of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology and the literary magazine New American Writing. Married to poet and fiction writer Maxine Chernoff, he teaches at San Francisco State University.

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Product Details

  • Series: Salt Modern Poets
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing; 1st ed edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1876857315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1876857318
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,038,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Hoover was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1946, and currently lives in San Francisco, where he teaches at San Francisco State University and co-edits the well-known literary magazine New American Writing. His recent poetry volumes include Desolation: Souvenir (Omnidawn, 2012); Sonnet 56 (Les Figues, 2009), which consists of 56 formal variations on Shakespeare's sonnet 56; Edge and Fold (Apogee Press, 2006); Poems in Spanish (Omnidawn, 2005); Winter Mirror (Flood Editions, 2002); Rehearsal in Black (Salt Publications, 2001); Totem and Shadow: New and Selected Poems (Talisman House, 1999), and Viridian (Univerity of Georgia Press, 1997). He has also published two bilingual poetry books translated into Spanish by Maria Baranda: En el idioma y en la tierra (Mexico City: Conaculta, 2012) and La intencion y su materia (Caracas: Monte Avila Editores, 2012). Editor of a leading anthology, Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, now in its second edition (2013), he is also the author of a book of literary essays, Fables of Representation (University of Michigan Press, 2004). With Maxine Chernoff, he edited and translated Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin (Omnidawn, 2008), which won the 2009 PEN USA Translation Award. With Nguyen Do, he edited and translated Beyond the Court Gate: Selected Poems of Nguyen Trai (Counterpath Press, 2010) and Black Dog, Black Night: An Anthology of Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (2008). He currently resides in Mill Valley, California.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2002
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This is a wonderful new book by a poet whose lyric style is complex and fulfulling.
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