First Printing. SIGNED by James Tate on the title page. Winner of the National Book Award. A fine copy in fine unclipped dust jacket. First state without NBA seal. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Masterfully drawing on a variety of voices and characters, James Tate joyfully offers his first book since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his "Selected Poems."
Review: Winner of the National Book Award in 1994, The Worshipful Company of Fletchers is fresh and startling. Like his doppelgangers Jeff Koons in sculpture and Stephen Malkmus in rock music, Tate is a self-consciously cool comedian of contrivances, devising bizarre situations and dressing them in a camouflage of the familiar world. To read Tate is to hear as music the ongoing negotiations between language and reality. In this book his main amusement is a game of categories, culminating in "How the Pope Is Chosen":
After a poodle diesWith a devil's aplomb, Tate inverts cliches to infiltrate the vocabularies of power in such mischievous poems as "A Manual of Enlargement," "Little Poems with Argyle Socks," and "What the City Was Like." The latter seems to caricature the late William Stafford, with its description of a salt-mining operation behind City Hall. For quality control, "someone / named Mildred" tasted each grain "until she became a stenographer / and moved away," thus devastating the community because "no one could read / her diacritical remarks." In the poetry of James Tate--or that of John Ashbery, Mark Levine, or Russell Edson, all of whom Tate superficially resembles--one looks for clues to the poet's mission. Perhaps a few hints come in the final poem, "Happy as the Day Is Long," in which the speaker feels sympathetic toward the Russians who created a language to communicate with aliens "but never get a postcard back." If it were uncovered that Tate was an inhabitant of another world instead of a middle-aged man from Kansas City, few of those rewarded by The Worshipful Company of Fletchers would be surprised. --Edward Skoog
All the cardinals flock to the nearest 7-eleven.
They drink slurpies until one of them throws up
And then he's the new pope.
Title: Worshipful Company of Fletchers
Publisher: Ecco Pr
Publication Date: 1994
Binding: Qtr Cloth, Paper Boards
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
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Book Description Ecco Pr, 1994. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st pbk. ed. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP64951036
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Book Description Ecco Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1994. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 82 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 21334
Book Description The Ecco Press, Hopewell, NJ, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Winner of the National Book Award. A crisp, clean copy, both book and jacket. 83 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 102959
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