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Larry Kimmel. The Piercing Blue of Sirius: Selected Poems 1968 - 2008
[Paperback].  Colrain, MA: Wilfred Press, 2009.  $25.00.

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Production Details:

Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Winfred Press (April 18, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979248477
ISBN-13: 978-0979248474
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches

Larry Kimmel has been known primarily as a haikai-poet for the past decade-and-a-half. As Denis Garrison says in his article, The New Short Lyric, “[Kimmel is] a poet far along in his journey with the new short lyric,” further pointing out that in his recent collections, this hunger, tissue-thin and Blue Night & the inadequacy of long-stemmed roses, published by MET Press, that “one can find traditionally framed poems in Eastern forms as well as poems that break out of known molds and into new ground.” However, Kimmel has also been writing free verse poetry in a variety of formats and styles over the past 40 years.

Though there is a generous selection of haiku, tanka and haibun, as well as the entirety of his cherita (a haiku/tanka inspired form created by the London-based poet and editor, ai li), which have earned him the appellation of a “seminal east/west fusionist,” to be found here, there is also a balance between his haikai inspired work and his free verse. It is interesting to see how the poet's singular voice threads it way through the very different forms, as Kimmel develops from a mid-20th century free verse American poet into his highly concise anecdotal and lyric cherita, often telling a story in fewer than twenty words.

Here, in a volume of 258 pages, are the representative works of a poet, culled from a career of four decades, showing a vast diversity and range of interests, observations and experiences.

Free Verse from The Piercing Blue of Sirius: Once In A Parking Lot, Red Squirrel

About the Author

Larry Kimmel was born in Johnstown, PA. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Pittsburgh University, and has worked at everything from steel mills to libraries. Now self-employed, he lives with his wife in the hills of western Massachusetts.



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