Ooga-Booga

Poems

Frederick Seidel

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"The best American poet writing today"* 
 
“The title itself—a parody of a threat, something the monster under the bed might grunt—manages to capture the weird dialectic of Mr. Seidel’s black comedy: He is scary, but funny, but still scary . . . You would have go back to confessional masters like Lowell and Berryman to find poetry as daringly self-revealing, as risky and compelling, as the best of Frederick Seidel’s.” —*Adam Kirsch, The New York Sun

“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 . . . [The poem ‘Barbados’] is the loveliest Seidel has written to date, and he’s perfected the subtle rhythms and rhymes that rocket the stanzas forward like his Ducati 916 SPS. While I can think of a more likable book of poems, I can scarcely imagine a better one.” —Alex Halberstadt, New York magazine

“[Ooga-Booga is] as beguiling and magisterial as anything [Seidel] 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.” —Joel Brouwer, The New York Times Book Review

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Frederick Seidel reads his poem "Drinking in the Daytime"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Drinking in the Daytime,"" 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 "For Holly Anderson"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""For Holly Anderson,"" 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 "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"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""France for Boys,"" 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 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"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""Dick and Fred,"" 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 "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"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Frederick Seidel read his poem ""December,"" 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 "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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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

Trade Paperback

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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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
9/2/2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466879782
ISBN10: 1466879785
112 pages
$9.99
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