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Azores: Poems Paperback – April 8, 2008

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“[Yezzi’s] elements are water and earth—locality, gravity and mortality—and with them he has made some durable poems.”
Stephen Burt — New York Times Book Review


“David Yezzi’s finely-tuned meters make the sound of New York now: a generous, disabused intelligence holding its nerve as nonsense and brutality build at the line’s edge, and the consolations of the personal burn brighter as darkness grows. A terrific book.”
--Glyn Maxwell


“At first, the book’s title seems a bit of happy, misleading mischief. Most of the opening poems place us neither at sea nor at temporary landfall, but in the heart of the city. Yet the poet’s urban eye is always on the lookout for some watery waver, instants when the workaday world sways to a tidal pull. And we reach our islands eventually, in an inspired interplay of wind and sun. David Yezzi’s Azores is an A–to–Z of life recorded with nimbleness, humor, and longing.”
--Brad Leithauser

About the Author

David Yezzi’s books of poetry are Sad Is Eros and The Hidden Model. His libretto for a chamber opera by David Conte, Firebird Motel, received its world premiere in 2003 and was released on CD by Arsis in 2007. His poems and criticism have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, The Best American Poetry 2006, and elsewhere. He is executive editor of the New Criterion.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Swallow Press; 1 edition (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804011133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804011136
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,140,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Experienced poet David Yezzi returns with his third anthology of poetry in "Azores". Well-written throughout, touching on the humor and somberness found in everyday life with an intellectual tint, "Azores" is an ideal pick for poetry fans and community library collections. "Tritina for Susannah": The water off these rocks is green and cold./ The sandless coast takes the tide in its mouth,/ as a wolf brings down a deer or lifts its child.// I walked this bay before you were my child./ Your fingers stinging brightly in the cold,/ I take each one and warm it in my mouth.//Though I've known this shore for years, my mouth/ holds no charms of use to you, my child./ You will have to learn the words to ward off cold// and know them cold, child, in your open mouth.
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Adam Kirsch already said it best: "The sophistication of Mr. Yezzi's language perfectly suits the sophistication of his understanding, and some of the poems in 'Azores'--'Very Like a Whale,' 'Dog's Life,' the brilliant and unexpected dramatic monologue 'The Ghost-Seer--display a mastery reminiscent of Philip Larkin and Donald Justice, which no poet of Mr. Yezzi's generation can match." 'Nuff said!
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So much modern poetry is obscure, tedious, and obviously written by academics, for academics, usually with political and social axes to grind. I am someone who loves good literature, well-crafted essays, and insightful criticism (especially that found in Mr. Yezzi's The New Criterion.) I don't read a lot of poetry, but do read most of the New Criterion poetry, which is always worth reading. So I was happy to try this volume of Mr. Yezzi's poetry. I was hooked from the first poem.

Bottom line: are you someone who loves to read, loves language, and loves literature -- but who has too often been disappointed by modern poetry? This volume may be for you. See my full review essay here: [...]
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