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Sleeping It Off in Rapid City

Poems, New and Selected

August Kleinzahler

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
A Northern California Book Award Finalist
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book
A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Best Book of the Year
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

The first broad retrospective of August Kleinzahler’s career, Sleeping It Off in Rapid City gathers poems from his major works along with a rich portion of new poems. Within this collection, Kleinzahler visits different voice registers, experiments with form and length, and confirms his writing among the most inventive of his time. Travel—actual and imaginary—remains a passion and inspiration, and in these pages the poet also finds “This sanctified ground / Here, yes, here / The dead solid center of the universe / At the heart of the heart of America.”

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Praise for August Kleinzahler:
 
"[Kleinzahler's] scope is large, his diction wildly exact, his line inventive, his means varied, and he never condescends." --Maureen N. McLane, The New York Times Book Review
 
"Erudite, restless, intellectually curious, alert to what goes on around him from the moment he opens his eyes in the morning, [Kleinzahler] brings to mind Frank O'Hara . . . Wonderful." --Charles Simic, The New York Review of Books
 
"Kleinzahler mixes the pungent and the delicate, the literary and the colloquial, to create a fine, technicolor-like excess." --John Palattella, The Los Angeles Times
“Kleinzahler is perhaps America’s most linguistically gifted poet . . . Exquisitely fresh.” —John Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle

“[Kleinzahler] is, first and last, a craftsman, a maker of lines . . . He never says more than he should . . . and keeps his focus not on the man who speaks the poems . . . but on what that man sees and on what he can hear.”—Stephen Burt, The New York Times Book Review

“Offbeat, off hand, subtle, and unsettling . . . Longer acquaintance with Kleinzahler’s verse brings greater admiration.”—The Voice Literary Supplement

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • August Kleinzahler

  • August Kleinzahler was born in Jersey City in 1949. He is the author of ten books of poems and a memoir, Cutty, One Rock. His most recent book of poetry, The Strange Hours Travelers Keep, was awarded the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize. He lives in San Francisco.
  • August Kleinzahler Laura Wilson
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Poems, New and Selected

August Kleinzahler

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