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For me, this just didn t find that balance between language and content that s often so hard to pull off in poetry the former kept getting in the way of the latter. Esoteric and pretentious Two stars for the first poem in the collection and none for the remainder. There s no doubt that Adam Fitzgerald is possessed of enormous genius Way to go, dude You make light work of heavy light A super pleasure with just the right amount of challenge A touchsandpaper and you d be too perfect to bear. This a brilliant book The Map and the title poem shine but it is a book as a whole that demands and will be granted future consideration and enjoymentthe haziness of our walk drawn in precise and clear lines and, what s , for these timesfor all that Fitzgerald has been compared to Crane or Ashbery and that is fair playmaybe lazy , the art never cowers at its influences it fissions off and up and in and out In the poets one words Assymetrical styles wake up asserting their charm,a ridged wrist flick of completion So a man leavesa theater, dreams aloud his bowtie mate, fashioninga virile something or another It begins a rain droplet,a sedge something full of oblong blisses, remote as dovetails pitter patters mute inside This is a stylish, lyrical frequently nonsensical book of poetry The poems are beautiful and flowing but only a few of them are discernable enough from the wash of nice langua In the poets one words Assymetrical styles wake up asserting their charm,a ridged wrist flick of completion So a man leavesa theater, dreams aloud his bowtie mate, fashioninga virile something or another It begins a rain droplet,a sedge something full of oblong blisses, remote as dovetails pitter patters mute inside This is a stylish, lyrical frequently nonsensical book of poetry The poems are beautiful and flowing but only a few of them are discernable enough from the wash of nice language to stick in my memory The first poem, which I take to be the books thesis is excellent Cathedral To write about one thing, you must first write about anotherTo speak of the death of King Charles V,you must first speak of the ho Chi Minh Dynasty.To understand the rotund ministries of, say, moonlight,you must first be blind, and understand fencing.As for me, I understand discomfort It fallsin the pinched, early blue bow light of dawn I speak often and only erringly about football,racket clubs, and the general way of the world You go out for coffee You come back another person This is honest, reflective, ironic poetry grappling with the intimidating complexity of knowledge Its tight and cohesive, it has a little button line I love it Mostly these elements are lost in the rest, a process the worst jacket blurb descirbes as Released from the plod of workaday logics and handed over to the flow of their own becoming , which is a bullshit sentence describing a terrible notion, that making sense is common and banal and poets aspire to aromantic mode of thinking than mere mortals This is why there s a good reason to think poets are assholes Thinking is hard and artists who disdain it probably do so because they don t like hard work rather than that they think it s beneath them But I don t think Fitzgerald necessarily follows that philosophy, even though its on his book jacket I could discover an inner logic in many of my favourite of his pieces Phattafacia Stupenda Soviet Pastoral and much of the long form title Poem The Last Parade I ll even grant that there sunifying themes and stories in many of the poems that I simply didn t understand at first reading, because Fitzgerald certainly demonstrates a deep and genuine love of English letters that dwarfs my own You see that in stanzas like One spring patio is for rodeosniggled with iodine figures, weavedtapestries inside vast TuileriesBut that reminds me, how exactlydo words form brittle historiesFrom Last Parade Throughout his dexterity towards form and language are apparent, and nothing is jarring or insipid or trite In fact, many of the pieces are witty and moving, but never enough to overcome the aimless, entropic contents Each poem is like a chocolate truffle very rich and truly inspiring Get your dictionary out The poems in Adam Fitzgerald s The Late Parade are sprinkled with lots of out of the ordinary not often used words, words I used to know the meaning of but then forgot Aside from that, the sound each piece creates drives this collection It s a study in word play, so even if you re lost, you can tag along to the sounds to get through. Great structure but I wantedfocus. I was one of the ten lucky people who won a copy of Adam Fitzgerald s The Late Parade.A bit of background about me I am not a poetry reader Most poetry I have read in my lifetime have dealt with privilege, oppression, and racism My favorites include Zami by Audre Lorde and works by Nayyirah Waheed.This book is uncharted territory for me, because Mr Fitzgerald doesn t talk about those subjects, and his voice is certainly different from Ms Lorde s and Ms Waheed s Mr Fitzgerald s writing I was one of the ten lucky people who won a copy of Adam Fitzgerald s The Late Parade.A bit of background about me I am not a poetry reader Most poetry I have read in my lifetime have dealt with privilege, oppression, and racism My favorites include Zami by Audre Lorde and works by Nayyirah Waheed.This book is uncharted territory for me, because Mr Fitzgerald doesn t talk about those subjects, and his voice is certainly different from Ms Lorde s and Ms Waheed s Mr Fitzgerald s writing is flowery, full with crisp language and obscure words or references As such, I found it difficult to follow along with the text.It occurred to me upon reaching the Notes section, however, that perhaps I am not meant to understand these references Just as the Spanish text in Gloria Anzald a s Borderlands are meant to be understood by Spanish speakers, perhaps The Late Parade is meant to be understood by Mr Fitzgerald s friends, family, and colleagues After all, this is his d but collection of poems, presumably originally written for himself and his acquaintances, only now to be shared with the public.For all of its obfuscations, The Late Parade lives up to its claims of minimalism and modernism The cover has crisp lines, sharp colors, and simplistic white text naming the book and the author The design of the book is inviting and novel.The book s typeset, too, is simple and clean I generally expect nothing less from W.W Norton, the book s publisher It is clear that every aesthetic detail was purposeful One poem is written landscape style, in order to fit the long stanzas fully along the long edge of the book This form of design allows for a rich and interactive experience with the book.I thank Goodreads, W.W Norton, and Mr Fitzgerald for the free book and the opportunity to have experienced The Late Parade I am honored and grateful to have been a winning recipient of the publication `READ KINDLE ↟ The Late Parade: Poems ⇤ Fitzgerald s voice is a new and welcome sound in the aviary of contemporary poetry David Kirby, New York Times Book ReviewThe publication of The Late Parade announced the arrival of one of the most exciting young poets in America Channeling the primal vision of Hart Crane Harold Bloom , Adam Fitzgerald helped welcome the modernist aethetic into the twenty first century Part Technicolor, part nitrous oxide, Fitzgerald s chimerical poems confront a surging ocean of sound and language Maureen McLane In these forty eight poems, he conducts a madcap symphony of language, memory, and fantasy with the exhilarating assurance of nonstop invention Timothy Donnelly Lickety-Split New York Times Book ReviewThe publication of The Late Parade announced the arrival of one of the most exciting young poets in America Channeling the primal vision of Hart Crane Harold Bloom 志水ゆき全集 - LOVE MODE 5 [The Complete Works of Yuki Shimizu - LOVE MODE 5] Adam Fitzgerald helped welcome the modernist aethetic into the twenty first century Part Technicolor The Saffron Tales part nitrous oxide Karl Popper Fitzgerald s chimerical poems confront a surging ocean of sound and language Maureen McLane In these forty eight poems The Forest Rangers Promise (The Forest Rangers he conducts a madcap symphony of language The Do-Over memory A Beltraneja and fantasy with the exhilarating assurance of nonstop invention Timothy Donnelly