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A New and Selected collection of poems by a distinguished poet who began his career as a jazz player.
“What most distinguishes the poetry and makes it entirely individual is the manner in which, over the course of any given poem, there is a sense of “motion” in the transitions from phrase to phrase, line to line, a shifting of planes, between image or observation and the abstract, which seems to me unique to the practice of this artist."
William Benton received his early training in music and worked as a jazz piano player before becoming a writer. His poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and other magazines. He is the author of eight books of poetry, including Birds, Marmalade, and Backlit, as well as Exchanging Hats, a book on the paintings of Elizabeth Bishop, and Madly, a novel. His most recent books are a reissue of Birds, on its 50th anniversary, from Nightboat Books, and Reliquaries: The Sculpture of Ted Waltz. He lives in New York City.