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Viridian (Contemporary Poetry (Univ of Georgia Paperback)) Paperback – April 1, 1997

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  • Series: Contemporary Poetry (Univ of Georgia Paperback)
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820318957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820318950
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,381,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A collection of vigorously mindful poems ... Hoover is a reader's magic reader." -- Salon Magazine, May 4, 1998

"An eloquent and even elegant book which ... addresses itself to pressing concerns of our culture." -- Chicago Review, Volume 45, Number 1, 1999

"His most imagistically impressionistic is what I would call glancingly accurate." -- The Georgia Review, Spring 1998

"Infused with a rooted emotion delivered calmly and frankly, without either apology or pride." -- American Letters & Commentary, Number 10, 1998

American Heaven
As Quietly As Distant
The Beautiful Cities
Crow's Meats
Fog And Smoke On Snow
The Garden
The German Version
Great Expectations
Impossible Object
In A Shadow Gate
The Naked Lunch
The Naked Truth
Night Of The Hunter
Reason's Eye
Red Lilies
Relative Measures Of Absolute Value
The Same Difference
Savage Commentary
South Of X
Stationary Journey
The Steam Parrot
Voices Off
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

There is a cool precision in these poems, a striking aptness in the marrying of word to word. And in many of them, there is an unexpected tenderness only half-masked by Hoover's allegiance to exploring and mapping language's inherent imperfection. Over the course of the book the individual poems--in which invention and/or a relaxed form of treatise is often woven with fragments of autobiographical detail--coalesce into a rebuke of history's inauthenticity and theory's arrogant claim on reality. Hoover's concern with language's representational inadequacy is shared by the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets he's championed for years in New American Writing and included in his Norton Anthology of Postmodern Verse. However his own poems are more direct, more lyrical, and sometimes seethingly and seductively melancholic. Central to all of them (regardless of language's irrefutable limitations) is his keen intelligence and laconic wit.
Copyright © 1996, Boston Review. All rights reserved. -- From The Boston Review

More About the Author

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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