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Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners Paperback – October 6, 2015
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Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker
His poetry was unburdened and unbuoyed, free, breathless, reckless, and jarringly, frankly queer wicking graceful elegance from grim exile.
Michael Andor Brodeur, Boston Globe
This notion of the artist as a participant in some kind of sacramental exercise pervades Wieners’s verse, whose themes of abjection, rapture, sacrifice, and salvation mean that heroin, bulging cocks, and pleas to God mix freely together, all suffused with a profound sense of divine grace. This makes Supplication an apt title for the new selection of Wieners’s poems.
Alberto Mobilio, Bookforum
A bridge between the radical content of Allen Ginsberg and the mainstream, Wieners’s writing fuses the plainspoken with the florid...Unapologetically queer and overtly sexual, he worries through the reality of gay life in mid-20th-century America.
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Important for serious poetry readers and collections capturing poetry's history.
Wieners presents himself as a man of astonishing seriousness, a channel for the occasional prophecy, attuned to literary ambition as to erotic devotion He comes across as someone with no barriers, a man who could really put on paper the hurts of wanting the impossible.”
Stephen Burt, American Poets
Supplication is...an abundantly rewarding book, a treasure-house of occult desperation and wonder; a rage against life that somehow hungers for more life.
Justin Taylor, Electric Literature
[Supplication] demonstrate[s] the infectious, tumultuous love and joy Wieners took in poetry.
Patrick James Dunagan, BOMB
Supplication provides a fresh perspective on Wieners’s eclectic and idiosyncratic oeuvre, spanning the range of affective extremes that Wieners produced in verse... [It] is an important volume, one that should place Wieners back into the canon of twentieth-century American poetic innovation.
Nat Raha, The Critical Flame
[What] comes across most strongly in Wieners’ selected collection, Supplication, is a sense of living wild and free while also haunted by death and societal exclusion.
Arielle Greenberg, American Poetry Review
About the Author
Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of six books, including The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Poker by Tomaz Salamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award, and Five Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.
CAConrad is the author of ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon, and The Book of Frank, as well as several other books of poetry and essays. A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics.
Robert Dewhurst, a poet and scholar, holds a doctorate from the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo. He has edited numerous small-press publications, most recently serving as the poetry editor of Semiotext(e)'s Animal Shelter. He lives in LA, where he is preparing a forthcoming biography and edition of collected poems of John Wieners.
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