Friday, January 29

Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners


"The poet John Wieners lived, from the early nineteen-seventies until his death, in 2002, at the age of sixty-eight, at 44 Joy Street, in Boston, on the back slope of Beacon Hill, where disembowelled couches and gooseneck lamps are abandoned curbside on the first of every month. A few blocks over, and a world away, Robert Lowell spent his childhood at 91 Revere Street; up the hill was the site of the house where Henry Adams had grown up 'under the shadow of the Boston statehouse.' Wieners was part of a small enclave of dropouts and artists in that part of Boston, now replaced by medical students and first-year associates. New York poets ran a thriving mid-century avant-garde, led by Frank O’Hara; San Francisco had the Beats. ... The power of Wieners’s poems, as the new collection Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books), edited by Joshua Beckman, Robert Dewhurst, and CAConrad, demonstrates, is partly anthropological, which is not a failing; poetry has a special way—a brilliant way—of doing anthropology. It takes in the social world through the senses and processes it through the emotions. ..."
New Yorker
A Queer Excess: the Supplication of John Wieners
Jacket2: The hurts of wanting the impossible
amazon

2008 July: John Wieners, 2009 December: John Wieners - 1, 2011 May: John Wieners: June 21, 1959, 2012 May: Behind the State Capitol: Or Cincinnati Pike, 2012 August: John Wieners - 707 Scott Street, 2013 January: Mass: John Wieners, 2013 October: Measure (1957-1962), 2015 November: Stars Seen in Person: Selected Journals of John Wieners (2015).

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