- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Spuyten Duyvil (April 21, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933132787
- ISBN-13: 978-1933132785
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,085,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Remains to Be Seen: Works Old and New - Poems
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About the Author
Halvard Johnson was born in Newburgh, New York, and grew up in New York City and the Hudson Valley. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Baltimore City Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has lived and taught in Chicago, Illinois; El Paso, Texas; Cayey, Puerto Rico; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; and New York City. For many years he taught overseas in the European and Far East divisions of the University of Maryland, mostly in Germany and Japan. Currently, he lives with his wife, the prize-winning writer and visual artist Lynda Schor in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
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There's a kind of sad poise in the voice. It leaves me glancing around, as I write, from an iPad screen to an NBA game on a tv screen to the screen door thru which, a month ago, I saw an extremely real cougar emerge from under my back porch - and the way some part of me right now keeps track of what is screen and what is performer, counterpointing them at will, that pinball-downflow feel of our one-interruption-after-another dailiness, right there is where Hal Johnson's words live for me. There's also a merry-prankster feel feel to the voice, as well as a sneer now'n then, maybe even the hint of an elixir bein' sold out back. Ashbery-like but not him, free of his self-conscious twitching and sniffing, plus a disdain halfway Swiftian.
Equally masterful is how the poems are displayed, in that, the most free-standing, the most completely realized - however we used to say it - are one thing, but the others, instead of seeming merely failed attempts at such, call out to be read as stage directions and glossaries, interpretive keys, esoteric graffiti. The eye of a gallery owner!
Three poems in the last section especially catch the eye. Tropical Forest with Monkeys and Gracing Light and Palmdale Sonnet represent, for me, the signature tone-range of the book, a paired-opposite-plus-one, hop-skip-and-jump, tripod-progression of feelings, here going from monkeys to indigenous folk to molecules, cartoon spoof to straightforward empathy to Fox News. It is very nimble. Fifty years. This is a big-time book. He oughta be a lot more, as they say, famous.