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? Absolutely. Yet possessed of classic cool. Across manifold topical surfaces—young love, military life, the city, loss, song—these serial works bring an accuracy of ear, a formal concision and a gritty realism most astonishing to encounter now in retrospect. These poems not only stand the test of time, they blow right past it."—Kit Robinson
Ted Pearson was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. He began writing poetry in 1964 and subsequently attended Vandercook College of Music, Foothill College, and San Francisco State. His first book, The Grit, appeared in 1976. He has since published twenty-six books of poetry, including EXTANT GLYPHS: 1964-1980 (Singing Horse Press, 2014), AN INTERMITTENT MUSIC (Chax Press, 2016) and his most recent, Set Pieces (2021). He also co-authored The Grand Piano (2006-2010), a ten-volume experiment in collective autobiography. He now lives in Houston, Texas.
Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA