Horace warned poets to "reject any poem much time and much erasing have not refined." So Seidman's refined his considerable talents down to only five books, including this SELECTED, in 30 years. The result, as he predicted in an early poem, is "The total life/ in the nuance of line." The life: anger, the word sung, laughter, the love and loss of family, and sexual love and loss of it. The line: enduring as any monument.
--The Village Voice
The poems...are exquisitely crafted, every detail rendered with precision and honesty.
The St. Petersburg Times
Hugh Seidman has published many beautiful books, none more glorious than his latest, SELECTED POEMS: 1965-1995. Poetry lovers will want this one.
--The New York Daily News
A great book by one of the best American poets. "The Great Ego of the Words" must be one of our most moving poems. Every poetry collection will need Seidman.
Whether adding new elegies for both father and mother, rethinking our use of napalm thirty years ago, or looking at photos of present-day atrocities, Seidman's voice contains a unique combination of ecstasy and anguish.
--American Book Review
...autobiographical, historical, mythological, psychological, religious and scientific contents...answer for trauma. Partly instructed by Zukofsky, partly indebted to Vallejo, Seidman comingles modes from Objectivism and Surrealism in an edgy shorthand.
Selected Poems: 1965-1995