Poetry. Edited by Marc Cohen. Foreword by John Ashbery. "Gerrit Henry didn't publish enough in his lifetime to be considered a 'neglected or overlooked poet.' THE TIME OF THE NIGHT is the best and only introduction we have to one of the great poets of my generation. Be prepared to take a roller coaster through hell (or is it Manhattan?), if only to see what illusions of bliss and tatters of happiness still remain to be had. Always a witness to the highs and lows of life, Henry is a poet of disturbing rhyme (unsettling connections) and wrenching lyricism (think singer/composer). In fact, his work stands right next to that of Thom Gunn, but, make no mistake, it is all his own. Gunn would have deeply loved a poet who could write: 'My affair with Alfred Hitchcock / Consisted of a fat, black silhouette, / And a skinless Cornish hen.' If these poems don't knock your socks or knickers off, then you are a lot deader than you think"—John Yau.
Gerrit Henry (1950-2003) is the author of four books of poetry: THE LECTURER'S ARIA (The Groundwater Press, 1989), The Mirrored Clubs of Hell (Little, Brown and Company, 1991), Couplets And Ballades (Dolphin Press, 1998), and THE TIME OF THE NIGHT (The Groundwater Press, 2011). He was a contributing editor for Art News and wrote regularly for Art in America. Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA