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Selected Poems


Hugh Seidman

1995. 1-88163-10-5 / 1-881163-11-3

Selected Poems of Hugh Seidman book cover

Out of Print

Selected Poems: 1965-1995 was chosen as one of The Village Voice’s “25 Favorite Books of 1995” and was listed as one of the top 10 poetry books of the year — the only book published by a university press — by a panel of professional literary critics from such places as The Chicago Tribune, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Review of Books, and The Washington Post.

“[T]he anguish of these poems remains immediate, absolute... I know few collections so lacking in complacency, so adamant in their refusal to charm or console, so fiercely intelligent.”
—Louise Glück, The Village Voice

“I have always admired Seidman’s work for the purity of its language and the clarity of its music... He is one of a precious handful of undeniable fine new poets in America.”
—James Wright

“‘Zukofsky taught: “The Poet makes one long poem”’ is another one of Seidman’s ‘14 First Sentences’ ...Over the past two decades, Seidman’s one long poem has been one of our most important poetic achievements.
—Lawrence Joseph, American Book Review

About the Author

Photo of Hugh SeidmanHugh Seidman was born in Brooklyn, New York. His poetry has won several awards including two New York State poetry grants and three National Endowment for the Arts Writing fellowships. His first book, Collecting Evidence, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize.

He is the author of three other books of poems: Blood Lord, Throne/Falcon/Eye, and People Live, They Have Lives.

He has taught writing at the University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Columbia University, and Wilkes College.

Author Photo by: Jayne Holsinger, 1992