Poetry. Charles North's ingenious poems in the form of baseball lineups have been exhilarating readers since they first appeared in 1972 and sportswriter Larry Merchant devoted two New York Post columns to them. The Village Voice and The Philadelphia Inquirer have both called the lineups "brilliant," and among poets themselves they are legendary. Ranging from hilarious to sober and moving, always witty, these poems metaphorically organize all sorts of human experience-seasons, cities, vegetables, diseases, Wordsworth poems-by batting order and field position. COMPLETE LINEUPS reprints the original series with drawings by Paula North, as well as "Lineups II" and recent experiments with the form. Also included are three new, unpublished lineups, new drawings, reproductions of artwork based on the poems, author's commentary, and an introduction by poet and critic William Corbett.
Charles North has published eleven books of poems, three books of critical prose, and collaborations with artists and other poets. With James Schuyler, he edited the poet/painter anthologies Broadway and BROADWAY 2 (Hanging Loose Press, 1989). His WHAT IT IS LIKE: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (Hanging Loose Press, 2011) headed NPR's Best Poetry Books of 2011, and he has received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, two NEA grants, four Fund for Poetry Awards, and a Poets Foundation Award. He lives with his wife, the painter Paula North, in New York City.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA