Sad news this month for fans of contemporary poetry; James Tate died at age 77. Back in the olden days, he was one of my teachers—a man gifted with kindness, humor, wisdom and a charming sense of the absurd. All those traits mark his poetry. He’ll be missed in the writing community and long remembered in the larger world of letters. This last book is a wonderful introduction to his always-inventive voice.
“Tate (1943–2015), winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize and 1994 National Book Award, interrupts small-town life’s sense of normalcy and stability with the absurd and the surprising in his new collection of short, narrative verse vignettes. He also manages to maintain a strong stylistic consistency without going stale…masterly storytelling keeps things fresh; even when the reader can anticipate the inevitable absurdist twist in a piece, its delivery is always interesting….Tate’s style will be recognizable to readers of his recent few books, but even those unfamiliar should find this whip-smart collection a joy to read.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Dome of the Hidden Pavilion (9780062399205) by James Tate. $25.99 hardcover. 8/4/15 on sale.