Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner James Tate′s sixteenth book of poetry and second selected, which picks up where 1991′s Selected Poems leaves off, is a selection representative of 20 years of work and seven books of poetry, from 1990′s Distance from Loved Ones to 2009′s The Ghost Soldiers.
Tate′s poems are evocative, provocative, funny, subtle, eccentric, occasionally disturbing, and wildly outrageous. His surrealist style strikes its own utterly new and original note in American poetry, transforming our everyday world into what Publishers Weekly has called "sublime burlesque," a world where women give birth to wolves, wild babies are found in gardens, and Saint Nick visits on a hot July day. Tate′s signature style draws on a marvelous variety of voices and characters, all of which sound vaguely familiar, but are each fantastically unique, brilliant, and eccentric; as Charles Simic has observed, "To write a poem out of nothing at all is Tate′s genius... Just about anything can happen next in this kind of poetry and that is its attraction... He makes me think that anti-poetry is the best friend poetry ever had."