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Snow White Horses : Selected Poems 1973-1988 ([Autumn House poetry series]) Paperback – March 15, 2000

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Editorial Reviews


Anyone who becomes acquainted with the poetry of Ed Ochester will not soon forget it....His world whether of memory or of nature, is characterized by miracles: the surprise of a golden bird or a troop of owls, ...a tenderness of perception, and the solace of humanity and love. -- Joe David Bellamy, Academy of American Poets, Poetry Pilot

The power of this work strikes hard, like Wright and Frost did....With this book we're witnessing the kind of poetry that changes American literature. -- Tar River Poetry

What a joy it is for me to see these poems of Ed Ochester. I have been singing his praises for years. He is in a magic place, this poet, whether he is giving his attention to the great past or to the immediate present....He is sane, decent, practical -- wise -- one of our very best poets. -- Gerald Stern

About the Author

Through his writing, editing, and teaching, Ed Ochester has been a major influence on contemporary letters for almost three decades. He edits the Pitt Poetry Series and is general editor of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction, both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. From 1978 to 1998 he was director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and was twice elected president of Associated Writing Programs. He co-edits the poetry magazine 5 AM, and lives in a rural county northeast of Pittsburgh.

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Product Details

  • Series: [Autumn House poetry series]
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Autumn House Press (March 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966941918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966941913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,331,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These are, simply, the best poems by one of the best poets writing. Love, sex, rock n' roll, the Rolling Stones, Shakespeare, Dr. Spock, and even da levy (for you serious underground poetry fans)all show up in Ochester poems. This is a book you lend to friends (and it never comes back) or pull out at a party (the comedic poems in here are better than jokes). These poems, dating back to 1973, still sound 20 years ahead of their time. No other poet in America has been able to bring so much craft to such an accessible body of work. These poems literally sing in the way Whitman did, though Ochester keeps his ear closer to the door and captures our common language better than Walt. I can't say enough about this wonderful book-- other than, buy it.
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Ed Ochester has been, for years, one of the best and most important poets in the country. He's a great comedian, in the tradtion of Frank O'Hara and Ed Field, a storyteller on par with Bukoski, and a quiet visionary who consistently creates amazing down-to-earth poetry out of the importance of day to day living in a way that rivals Frost (though without the rhyme). Without a doubt, this is the best book of poems I'll read this year. From work poems to poems about sex, Mr. Ochester has been showing us the way since the late 1960s. If you like contemporary poetry, from Billy Collins to Denise Duhamel, Tony Hoagland to Sharon Olds, this is book for you. If you're not reading Ed Ochester, you're missing out.
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Ochester's stand-up poetry style is similar to the best of the comedian Lenny Bruce and poet Gerry Stern. Like life itself, these poems are made of the daily crap and politics of everyday living: what we eat, what we put into our body, what others try to put into us and the quest for happiness, or at least, a strong afterglow every once in a while. If you're looking for self-important poetry that manages to suck itself off with overbearing lyricism that appeals to readers who refer to people as "claque," look elsewhere. For accesible, intelligent and downright funny poems, read Ochester.
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