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Visible Ink

by George Starbuck

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0817311548, Hardcover)

This final collection of poems from witty wordsmith and rhyme builder George Starbuck greatly expands his oeuvre and offers witness to the transformative power of poetry when practiced by a master.

In this last original book from renowned poet George Starbuck, we see a joyous and clear-eyed deepening of his work as he knowingly approaches death. Starbuck's skill with the American language and sensitivity to the rhythms of vernacular speech, his lyric sensibility (at once erudite and irreverent), and his impish satire engaging broad social and political issues are all trademarks of his widely praised verse. So too is his technical agility, richly displayed here in multiple forms, but particularly in the formal invention he called Standard Length and Breadth Sonnets, or SLABS.

Most of the poems in Visible Ink were originally published in the Atlantic Monthly, Grand Street, the Iowa Review, and TriQuarterly. All are infused with Starbuck's signature wit and intelligence and range in subject matter from war to pop culture, from experiments with language to shopping mall madness, from baseball and jazz to the eternal beauties of physics.

George Starbuck was a well-loved luminary of modern American poetry, a poet whose obsessions and virtuosities have no equal. His verse is said to be "fit for the 4th of July"-a stunning display of verbal, intellectual, and political pyrotechnics that tease the mind, spark the wit, and light the dark places of the national conscience. As X.J. Kennedy once put it, "George Starbuck makes the American language roll over and whistle "Dixie."

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