Sean Singer; Foreword by W.S. Merwin

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This year’s winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Sean Singer’s Discography. Playful, experimental, jazz-influenced, the poems in this book delight in sound and approach the more abstract pleasures of music. Singer takes as his subjects music, jazz figures, and historical events. Series judge W. S. Merwin praises Singer for his “roving demands on his language” and “the quick-changes of his invention in search of some provisional rightness.”

Sean Singer was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and grew up in Florida. He received his MFA from Washington University in 1999 and has won scholarships to Bread Loaf and the Catskills Poetry Workshop. He currently teaches English at New Jewish High School in Waltham, Massachusetts.

"The Yale Series of Younger Poets remains the most prestigious [of poetry contests]."—Library Journal

"Singer has arrived on his way to somewhere, and the future we imagine for him is based in the pleasure he gives in Discography. Yale Younger Series judge W. S. Merwin has chosen wisely. . . . [A] fine book."—William Corbett, Boston Phoenix

“Many poets would sell their souls for one true poem. Sean Singer has a different relationship with Mephistopheles. He gives his soul away—and it’s given back—and so his poems are freely his; and they are true. Some are purely lyrical; some are written in tongues; they are all written in poetry. Too much verse in either tradition—the tradition of meters and the tradition of free verse—isn’t written in poetry at all. Much ’poetry’ isn’t poetry (thus the need for deals with the devil). Too much of it is thematics or contrivance. Not Sean Singer’s poetry. Mr. Singer isn’t afraid to write metaphor (dark planed & luminary), to test the voice—that poor arrow—, or to try to write beautiful lines. A reader may think, while reading Singer’s poems, of the improvisations of jazz. A reader will be reminded of the beautiful motions of the mind. Sean Singer’s book is a revelation.”—Carol Frost, poet

Winner of the 2003 Norma Farber First Book Award
ISBN: 9780300093636
Publication Date: November 10, 2002
96 pages, 5-7/8 x 9-1/4
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