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American Songbook
By (author): Michael Ruby
9781937027001 Paperback, Trade English POETRY / American / General Jul 01, 2013
$17.00 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0 in 144 pages Coach House Books Ugly Duckling Presse
The poems in American Songbook are based on phrases from more than fifty 20th century songs. The singers range from Memphis Minnie to Tupac Shakur, and songs from Louis Armstrong's hit What a Wonderful World to Hattie Ellis's Desert Blues, a little-known Lomax prison recording. Many musical traditions inform the poems, including blues, jazz, gospel, country, folk, bluegrass, electric blues, R&B, rock, disco and hip hop. "In their careful reading of realand imaginary signs these poems bring peripheral and liminal perception into focus. At the intersection of form and voice-of how something can be said and what meaning might intend-Michael Ruby folds everyday utterance into astonishing fact. These plaintive and destabilized voicings offer the necessary means to discover what is immediately before us." -Peter Gizzi

Michael Ruby is the author of five poetry books: At an Intersection (Alef, 2002), Window on the City (BlazeVOX, 2006), The Edge of the Underworld (BlazeVOX, 2010), Compulsive Words (BlazeVOX, 2010) and The Star-Spangled Banner (Dusie, 2011). His trilogy, Memories, Dreams and Inner Voices, was recently released from Station Hill Press, and includes Fleeting Memories, a UDP web-book, and Inner Voices Heard Before Sleep, an Argotist e-book. A graduate of Harvard College and Brown University's MFA writing program, he lives in Brooklyn and works as an editor of U.S. news and political articles at The Wall Street Journal.

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