Tongue & Groove

Tongue & Groove

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Inspired and informed by the music and urban landscape of New York City, Tongue & Groove employs jazzy and descriptive language in a sweep of city-life experiences and memories. A passionate rendering of incidents in spaces that include the subway, a school for the handicapped, and The Museum of Modern Art, Stephen Cramer employs richly sensual language and a wide range of imagery. Alluring portrayals of butterfly migrations, graffiti, and city buses complement this collection\u2019s connection to the everyday hoots, shouts, and yammer of the streets. --or you can openyour mouth & stick out your tongue,take that fugitive impulse from the artist\u2019s handstraight into your very gut & maybe find out along the wayif the lime-green of that inverted roof& the burnt almondof the filling station\u2019sroadside grasses live up to their names.--from \u201cTaste\u201d
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 10.16mm | 136.08g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0252074734
  • 9780252074738

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"Cramer's Tongue and Groove celebrates Manhattan's vibrancy and the passionate self-expression of its denizens. . . . Tongue and Groove is a book of linguistic and formal performance. . . . This performance is fluent and exuberant."--Antioch Review "I can think of almost no other young poet who can claim Stephen Cramer's lyric authority and self-possession. His odes and elegies capture the grit and delights of New York City in a manner that manages to capture something of Crane's sense of the marvelous with Oppen's descriptive acuity. This is to say he follows in the footsteps of the giants--and he shows himself abundantly capable of filling their shoes. Tongue & Groove is a ravishing book."--David Wojahn
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About Stephen Cramer

Stephen Cramer is the author of Shiva's Drum and a National Poetry Series winner.
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12 ratings
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4 8% (1)
3 33% (4)
2 17% (2)
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