Animated by a poignant blend of humor, pathos, joie de vivre, and nostalgia, ELIXIR is an extended meditation on everyday life and the passage of time. Fragments of narrative, overheard dialogue, song lyrics, and slant memoir surface and recede throughout. Examining the inseparable entanglement of the quotidian and the profound with wit and candor, these poems are personal, direct, and elusive at the same time.
Contemporary Poetry. American Poetry. New York Poet. New York School.
Lewis Warsh (1944-2020) was a key poet of the second generation New York School and-as a teacher, poet, mentor, and publisher of Angel Hair and United Artists Books-a significant figure in New York poetry communities for over 50 years. He authored over thirty volumes of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including OUT OF THE QUESTION: SELECTED POEMS 1963-2003 (Station Hill Press), One Foot Out the Door: Collected Stories, A Place in the Sun (both from Spuyten Duyvil) and Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary Books). With Ugly Duckling Presse, he published ALIEN ABDUCTION and the chapbook Flight Test; his final book, ELIXIR, is forthcoming from UDP in 2022. He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts, The Poet's Foundation and The Fund for Poetry. Mimeo Mimeo #7 was devoted to his poetry, fiction and collages, and to a bibliography of his work as a writer and publisher. He taught at Naropa University, The Poetry Project, Bowery Poetry, SUNY Albany and Long Island University (Brooklyn), where he was director of the MFA program in creative writing from 2007-2013. He lived in Manhattan and in Western Massachusetts.