Poetry. The latest collection from prolific American poet Clark Coolidge, who has often been associated with the Language School and the New York School but has truly forged a unique style. A life-long jazz drummer, his poems can be approached as improvisational compositions with strange arrangements of words, statements, and sounds that are vibrant, frequently hilarious, and jarring. His upended syntax and surprising associations reflect a world awash in information; an advanced civilization dealing with ever more rapid change. His poems are explorations into the possibilities of language. This kind of work could, serendipitously, lead to new patterns of thinking, new definitions, new meanings, perhaps even new ways of dealing with old problems.
Clark Coolidge is the author of Poet, THE LAND OF ALL TIME, To the Cold Heart, 16 Poems for Philip Guston, and SELECTED POEMS 1962-1985, among countless others. Born in Providence, RI, in 1939, Coolidge lives in Petaluma, CA, and plays drums with Thurston Moore and the free jazz band Ouroboros.