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Author: Ted Pearson

Ted Pearson (1948) was born and raised in Palo Alto. He began writing in the mid Sixties and has since authored twenty-four books of poetry, most recently TRACE ELEMENTS (Tuumba Press, 2019), Personal Effects (BlazeVOX, 2019), and EXIT MUSIC (Singing Horse Press, 2018). He is the co-author of the ten-volume experiment in collective autobiography THE GRAND PIANO (Mode A/This Press, 2007-2010) and co-editor of Bobweaving Detroit: The Selected Poems of Murray Jackson (Wayne State University Press, 2003). He lives in Oakland, California.

Acoustic Masks
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Acoustic Masks

Zasterle Press

Poetry.

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After Hours
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After Hours

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. "In Pearson's AFTER HOURS' four-set suite, you will find ontological parlays with the negative, sublunary encounters with what it is to be alone with words' 'implausible music' in the hours of blur between night and day, Adorno-like reflecti...

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An Intermittent Music
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An Intermittent Music

Chax Press

Poetry. California Interest. Music. "Over the course of thirty-five years, Ted Pearson has been incrementally publishing a masterpiece, present here before us at last within the covers of this book as AN INTERMITTENT MUSIC. He describes it as 'a ser...

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CATENARY ODES
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CATENARY ODES

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The Coffin Nail Blues
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The Coffin Nail Blues

Atelos

Poetry. Music. THE COFFIN NAIL BLUES is Ted Pearson's latest work, comprising sixty-four poems in eight movements. In these poems, the spirit of the blues suffuses a formally concise blend of epigram and epitaph, verse and prose, to produce "a time-...

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ENCRYPTIONS
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ENCRYPTIONS

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. "The elegy, the ode--these are among the great modes of poetry, and one can readily situate the work published here in relation to them. Certainly Ted Pearson's magnificent ENCRYPTIONS is affectively elegiac and formally comparable to an ode...

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Exit Music
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Exit Music

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. "EXIT MUSIC is a song of limits sung anyway. The statements, predictions, suspicions, and conclusions point to 'a brutal economy [that] rules the playground.' The cadence is solemn and then not. There is aphorism and narrative. There are lau...

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Extant Glyphs: 1964-1980
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Extant Glyphs: 1964-1980

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. "Billy Strayhorn famously wrote the jazz standard 'Lush Life,' an anthem of world-weary sophistication, when he was 16. Ted Pearson's EXTANT GLYPHS, begun in 1964, announces a similarly prodigious talent, one wise beyond his years. Romantic?...

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The Markov Chain
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The Markov Chain

Shearsman Books

Poetry. "When Basil Bunting declared that 'Pens are too light. / Take a chisel to write,' I imagine he had in mind the kind of exact and exacting poetry Ted Pearson has been steadily producing for decades. In THE MARKOV CHAIN, Pearson presents a ser...

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PLANETARY GEAR
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PLANETARY GEAR

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Songs Aside 1992-2002
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Songs Aside 1992-2002

Past Tents Press

Poetry. "These poems interrogate the relations between a disintegrating body-politic and a resistant subjectivity so insightfully, so unblinkingly, and so viscerally that they all but dare the reader to walk away unchanged. With characteristic lyric...

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Trace Elements
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Trace Elements

Tuumba Press

Poetry. TRACE ELEMENTS is a trio of serial poems—"Double Vision," "Four in One," and "Transient Graphs"—that make up the second movement of a work called "Analog Dreams," written over the past decade. If the tone of these poems is dark, and it is, a...

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