Ooga-Booga

Poems

Frederick Seidel

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From the winner of the PEN/Voelker Award, poems of love, terror,
rage, and desire.


Here I am, not a practical man,
But clear-eyed in my contact lenses,
Following no doubt a slightly different line than the others,
Seeking sexual pleasure above all else,
Despairing of art and of life,
Seeking protection from death by seeking it
On a racebike, finding release and belief on two wheels . . .
—from ”The Death of the Shah”

The poems in Ooga-Booga are about a youthful slave owner and his aging slave, and both are the same man. This is the tenderest, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review).

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Drinking in the Daytime"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "For Holly Anderson"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "The Owl You Heard"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""The Owl You Heard,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Climbing Everest"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Climbing Everest,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Frederick Seidel"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Frederick Seidel,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "France for Boys"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Death of Shah"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Death of Shah,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Dick and Fred"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "In Cap Ferrat"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""In Cap Ferrat,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "From Nijinsky"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""From Nijinsky,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "White Tiger"

Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""White Tiger,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel "Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""White Tiger,"" from his poet

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Fresh Stick"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Fresh Stick,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Gethsemane"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Gethsemane,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Kill Poem"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Kill Poem,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Barbados"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Barbados,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "December"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "February"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""February,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Bologna"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Bologna,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Nectar"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Nectar,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. TThis is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Violin"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Violin,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. These poems of love, terror, rage, and desire are about a youthful slave owner and his aging slave, and both are the same man. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/Frederi

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Racer"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Racer,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Death"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Death,"" from his poetry collection Ooga-Booga. This is the most tender, most savage collection yet from “the most frightening American poet ever” (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about the book Ooga-Booga at http://us.macmillan.com/oogabooga/FrederickSeidel Read more about poet Frederick Seidel at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frederickseidel"

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"The poems in OOGA-BOOGA are [Seidel's] richest yet and read like no one else's: They're surreal without being especially difficult, and utterly unpretentious, suffused with the peculiar American loneliness of Raymond Chandler ... 'Barbados' is the loveliest [poem] Seidel has written to date, and he's perfected the subtle rhythms and rhymes that rocket the stanzas forward like his Ducati 916SPS. While I can think of a more likable book of poems, I can scarcely imagine a better one."    --Alex Halberstadt, NEW YORK MAGAZINE
 
"Having delivered his fin-de-siecle masterpiece, THE COSMOS TRILOGY, in 2003, Seidel could be forgiven for taking it easy this time out, but he needn't be cut any slack: These poems are as beguiling and magisterial as anything the septuagenarian jet-setter has written. I can't decide whether Seidel has more in common with Philip Larkin or John Ashbery, but the fact that he can prompt such a bizarre question is more revealing than any possible answer ... I hope Seidel wears a helmet while riding his beloved Ducati; it would be intolerable to see this great strange brain spilled."    --Joel Brouwer, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
 
“I spent that evening with three of Seidel’s collections. Some of it was profoundly beautiful . . . This sort of poem was atypical, however. Generally, reading Seidel was like riding shotgun on a Ducati racer . . . Quick propulsive speed and sudden screeching stops, hairpin turns into spooky alleys. His voice and verse were razor-edged . . . The writing willing to say the unsayable.” —Philip Connors, N+1

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Frederick Seidel

Frederick Seidel’s previous books of poems include The Cosmos Trilogy; Final Solutions; Sunrise, These Days; and Poems, 1959–1979. He received the 2002 PEN/Voelker Award for Poetry.

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Ooga-Booga
Poems
Frederick Seidel

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
November 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374226558
ISBN10: 0374226555
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 112 pages
$24.00

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Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
October 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374530976
ISBN10: 0374530971
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 112 pages
$14.00
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