(Poetry. Moving through a great range of moods and modes o...)
Poetry. Moving through a great range of moods and modes over twenty-four years of writing, yet unified by an unmistakable voice--lyrical, colloquial, ardent, irreverent--TELL IT TO THE RABBIS is a generous revelation of Stephen Kessler's heteroformalist poetics. From the erotic to the satiric, the surreal to the prosaic, the journalistic to the intimate, the sentimental to the cynical, the epigrammatic to the incantatory, the author's versatility, passion, wit and imagination are alive on every page. "A love poet of sensitive memory, he constructs his poems as bastions of feeling amid crumbling values and collapsing affirmations"--Jack Hirschman.
(Poetry. Widely acclaimed as a translator, essayist, criti...)
Poetry. Widely acclaimed as a translator, essayist, critic, editor, and journalist, Stephen Kessler is first of all a poet, whose work has appeared in small press publications across the U.S. since the late 1960s. AFTER MODIGLIANI is his fifteenth book and his first collection of poems to be published in twenty years. Its sixty poems generously display the author's lyric intensity, ironic wit, clarity of vision, and range of imagination. Urban and natural landscapes, social and political realities, sexual love, memory, mortality, and consciousness itself are explored here with a sharp eye, a musical ear, and a crisply contemporary voice. These soul-deep, introspective songs by Stephen Kessler wax strongly of the philosophical, the nostalgic, and an acceptance of life's complexities tingled with a quiet rag -- this book is an 'alchmical' work of passion -- Wanda Coleman.
Bachelor, Bard College, 1968; Master of Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1969.
Editor, Green Horse Press, Santa Cruz, 1973-1979; editor, public, Alcatraz Edits., Santa Cruz, 1979-1985; editor, public, The Sun, Santa Cruz, 1986-1989; editor, OutLook, Mendocino, California, 1994; freelance poet, translator, essayist, journalist, since 1972.
1 child, Claire Kessler-Bradner.