Poetry. OUT OF THE QUESTION: SELECTED POEMS (1963-2003) gathers together a generous sample of work from Lewis Warsh's many earlier collections. Warsh has been associated with the community of New York School writers who first met at The Poetry Project in Manhattan in the late 1960s, but as poet Forrest Gander writes, in a review of Warsh's book Inseparable, "his influence has been felt nationally and internationally." OUT OF THE QUESTION includes two long poems: "The Suicide Rates," first published in 1967, and "The Corset," which appeared in 1986. Novelist Paul Auster described "The Corset" as "not a poem so much as a new way of seeing the world. There is a stunning intelligence at work here, a fierce, deadpan wit that disturbs and enlightens in equal measure." Auster's comment can be applied to all of Warsh's ongoing experiments, as both a poet and a fiction writer, and OUT OF THE QUESTION is the best possible introduction to anyone unfamiliar with his multi-layered body of work.
Lewis Warsh (1944-2020) was a writer, editor, visual artist, educator and the author of over thirty volumes of poetry, fiction, and autobiography, including THE ORIGIN OF THE WORLD (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005), Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (2008), A Place in the Sun (2010), One Foot Out the Door: Collected Stories (2014), ALIEN ABDUCTION (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), OUT OF THE QUESTION: SELECTED POEMS 1963- 2003 (Station Hill Press, 2017), PIECE OF CAKE (Station Hill Press, 2020), and ELIXIR (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2022). He was co-founder, with Bernadette Mayer, of United Artists Magazine and Books, and co-founder and editor, with Anne Waldman, of Angel Hair Books and Magazine and The Angel Hair Anthology (2001). Mimeo Mimeo #7 (2012) was devoted to his poetry, fiction and collages, and to a bibliography of his work as a publisher and editor. He was a recipient of grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The American Poetry Review, and The Poetry Foundation. He taught at Naropa University, The Poetry Project, Pace University, The New School, Bowery Poetry Club, and SUNY Albany. A longtime member of the English Department faculty at Long Island University (Brooklyn), he was also the founding director of their MFA Program in Creative Writing (2007-13).