by James Lasdun • from Bluestone: New and Selected Poems • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published two novels as well as several collections of short stories and poetry.
Bluestone: New and Selected Poems
"Losing and loss, age and regret: all, in this master's hands, emit a redemptive light." (J. D. McClatchy)
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Deadline: July 15th
"What always pulls at me, like a persistent hand tugging on my shirt sleeve or at my pant leg, is the poem I haven't written. Hey, it asks me, when is it my turn?
"The blank code of my unwritten poem is inflated with announcements of what it could be and swagger. Much more than a poem already written, where limitations have already ended up imposing themselves and where initial intentions end up lowering their head in embarrassment ... " —Luis Muñoz, translated by Curtis Bauer MORE
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