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Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan Poetry Series) [Paperback]

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Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8.75" Height: 5.75"
Weight:   0.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2003
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819566640  
EAN  9780819566645  

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Peter Gizzi's poems move between bewilderment and understanding, anger and astonishment. His third book in a decade, Some Values of Landscape and Weather revives poetic architectures such as elegy, song and litany, to build what he calls "a comprehensive music." Here musical and pictorial values perform against a backdrop of political, social and ethical values. These intense and exacting poems traverse a landscape of cultural memory that opens into the explosive, vibrant registers of the now. John Ashbery has written that Gizzi's poems are "simultaneously all over the page and right on target. He is the most exciting poet to come along in quite a while."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Gizzi is the author of numerous books, including ARTIFICIAL HEART (1998), The Outernationale (2007), and most recently, Threshold Songs (2011). His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets (1993) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005). In 2011 he was the Judith E Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge University. His editing projects have included The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (1998) and, with Kevin Killian, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008). He works at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Peter Gizzi was born in 1959.

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the afterlyric  May 12, 2005
Gizzi helps the tradition to its feet and picks the gravel out of its knees.
Excellent.  Sep 30, 2004
Peter Gizzi, Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan, 2003)

I had the good fortune to see Peter Gizzi read at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia back in 1992 (and share a bleary late-night breakfast with him and a few others afterwards). That was many moons ago, of course, and my memory not being what it once was, the only impression I still have of that night is being very impressed with both of the night's featured readers, the other being Liz Willis. I'd picked up a chapbook of Willis' that night, so I've been able to keep my impressions vaguely fresh; not so with Gizzi. For some reason, it took me twelve years to pick up one of his books. I wish I'd done so sooner.

Some Values of Landscape and Weather is a good, solid book of poetry in the tradition of good, solid American poetry of the latter half of the century that doesn't really correspond to a particular school; Yussef Komunyakaa would be a good parallel example. But between the good books and the very good books there is something indefinable. A way of seeing, perhaps, or a better ability than most to translate vision to the page. All the best American poets (and most likely all the rest) have it, in some fashion or another, be they as widely hailed as Hayden Carruth or as relatively unknown as Chris Stroffolino. Peter Gizzi has it. In spades. There is not a poem in this "long-awaited" (Booklist) collection that strays from whatever path it is they're on, rarely more than a word or two out of place. The descriptions and their underlying layers of meaning are as perfectly striated as the jaw muscles on a Mako. Simply, Gizzi can not only make you see, he can make you believe.

A fantastic piece of work. **** ½
looking for this generations future in poetry?  Jan 20, 2004
Peter Gizzi's book Some Values of Landscape and Weather is not only a well crafted work but it is a work that is, in the best traditions of Pound and Olson international and American at the same time. The verse is well crafted and a delight to the reader who is a serious poet or a lay person but it is the fusion of European and Asian influences that make this work worth every moment. If you are looking for this generation's next great poet look no further than Peter Gizzi.

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