Green Sees Things in Waves Poems

August Kleinzahler

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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96 Pages



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In this inventive and powerful collection, Kleinzahler creates a new idiom for American lyric poetry that captures the swerves of contemporary city life. He pushes the language very hard to get there, and the results are breathtaking. Green Sees Things in Waves offers an angular, propulsive poetry that transforms character, voice, imagery, and setting into buzzing, glowing occurences.


Praise for Green Sees Things in Waves

"Kleinzahler is that rare bird, an unashamed experimentalist with the vision and confident skill to make American poetry new."—Clive Wilmer, The Times (London)

"Kleinzahler uses the medium to the fullest, not only in weaving the fascinating textures of his verse but also—like all epigrammatic poets—in getting the maximum out of the minimum."—Helen Vendler, The New Yorker

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August Kleinzahler's previous collection of poems is Red Sauce, Whiskey and Snow (FSG, 1995). He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in San Francisco.
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  • 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 won the Lannan Literary Award in 2008.  He lives in San Francisco.
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