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.