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Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New Paperback – June 10, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1932870145 ISBN-10: 1932870148 Edition: First Edition

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Autumn House Press; First Edition edition (June 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932870148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932870145
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Often chatty, usually likable and occasionally profound, Ochester's fluent free verse also includes a remarkable range of subjects, from his own Polish immigrant heritage to "Fred Astaire," "Retired Miners," shopping malls, Rust Belt retirees, a baboon watching apes, "Mike's lymphoma," "Pasta," "My Penis" and "empty trains," whose chugging makes the repeated sound "Eisenhower Eisenhower Eisenhower." Ruminations on autobiographical detail often utilize a single long sentence, its goal either deep compassion or broad comedy-or, in Ochester's best poems, both. "The Canaries in Uncle Arthur's Basement," for example, remembers when "Aunt Lizzie was in tears/ because Arthur came home from the soccer game drunk/ and because he missed dinner brought a potted plant/ for each female relative, and walked around the table/ kissing each one." Opposed in principle (as the title poem says) to "people who talk about form," Ochester pays tribute by name to Frank O'Hara, Gerald Stern and William Stafford; his merging of heartfelt warmth with oddball detail suggests a blend of Albert Goldbarth and Stephen Dunn. This second selected (which includes the whole of his 1989 selected poems) should bring Ochester, the longtime editor of the Pitt Poetry series, the attention his body of work deserves.
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Ed Ochester has his thumb on the American pulse and his ear tuned to the American voice in all its urban-suburban-backyard-backwoods-rustbelt-ad agency and Hollywood-inspired dreaming and folly. --Alicia Ostriker

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jakiela on July 14, 2007
Ochester's new selected is absolutely brilliant. If you like poetry--from Robert Frost to Charles Bukowski and anything / everything that separates those two--this is a book for you. This is the good stuff. The stuff you can't deny. It's Van Morrison on the jukebox. It's the beach, the sun, the rain, and, because it has to be, your drunk uncle. Nobody in American poetry swims as many oceans as Ochester: comic and tragic; narrative and lyrical; political and intensely personal. He's a professor who writes like a barfly, and a nature poet who vacations at Popp's Motel in Key Largo. Everything he throws at the reader-- from cheap hotels to Fred Astaire to David Lehman and Melanie Griffith to Nazis and Voltaire-- sticks.

Unreconstructed pulls together the best from Ochester's four full-length books (all excellent and worth paying big bucks for on e-bay), and adds almost thirty pages of excellent new poetry. My copy came yesterday. I've read it twice.

I can't recommend this book enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HolidayRambler on October 2, 2012
I recently reread this book and feel in love with it all over again. Ochester, like so many other poets I love, has the ability to take about the everyday and make it seem monumental. I admire his short, biting poems as well as his longer narrative pieces.
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