The Farrar, Straus and Giroux Poetry Blog

April 27, 2008

Strange Rangers

Let me draw your attention to the fabulous and descriptive review of August Kleinzahler's new collection, Sleeping It Off in Rapid City:

Mr. Kleinzahler is an American eccentric, a hard man to pin down. Born in New Jersey, he writes poems that have a pushy exuberance and an expert recall of that state’s tougher schoolyards — of bullies with names like Stinky Phil and of “fire trucks and galoshes,/the taste of pencils and Louis Bocca’s ear.” And he writes with elegiac insight about life’s losers, the people he calls “strange rangers,” the addicted, insane or destitute.

We'll have two recorded poems from him to close out the month.


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