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Arsonville
David Blair



Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2016 • 79 pp. 7 x 9 3/4"
Poetry

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-936970-43-8



Here are poems in several registers at once, comic and elegiac, about contemporary life and its large intersections and personal interstices, from the public beaches north of Boston all the way down to South Jersey Cape, the birth of children, the deaths of parents, with some terrorism in between, and the parking lots of supermarkets in a rapidly gentrifying city.

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“David Blair, whose first book, Ascension Days, blew more than a few minds, is a wholly original American poet—his poems yammer and jam, they aria and catalogue and whine, combining kaleidoscopic perceptual and social detail with a sensibility that is smart, canny, but affectionate. If Frank O’Hara and James Schuyler were available these days, they might manage the kind of clear-eyed and street savvy impressionism that Blair possesses. He is here though, and they are not, and he raves, moonwalks, and bebops through these mean streets with a life force and contemporary bravado which is its own meaning. This is poetry owned by no aesthetic party or posse, yet which somehow includes them all.”—Tony Hoagland



DAVID BLAIR'S first book, Ascension Days, was chosen by Thomas Lux for the 2007 Del Sol Poetry Prize, and he is also the author of Friends with Dogs (Sheep Meadow Press, 2016). He has taught at the New England Institute of Art and in the MFA Writing Program at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter, and he has degrees from Fordham University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.



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