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March 19, 2007

Frederick Seidel

SeidelFrederick Seidel was born in St. Louis in 1936 and graduated from Harvard College. His previous collections include Final Solutions (1963), Sunrise (1980), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lamont Prize, Poems, 1959-1979 (1989), My Tokyo (FSG, 1993), Going Fast (FSG, 1998), The Cosmos Poems, illustrated by Anselm Kiefer (FSG, 2000), Life on Earth (FSG, 2001), and Area Code 212 (FSG, 2002). His latest collection, Ooga-Booga (2007) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize. Of Seidel’s poetry, Robert Lowell has said: "When I read him, I have envious, delighted, jolted feelings, and suspect the possibilities of modern poetry have been changed"; Louise Bogan has called Seidel "a master of metaphor."

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