William Benton
Backlit
Poetry
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781940396262
Publication Date: May 2017

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William Benton has made a living playing jazz piano, operated an art gallery, served as a college art school dean, published the novel Madly, edited James Salter’s Gods of Tin, but mostly he’s been a poet.

John Godfrey describes the poems, a collection of Benton’s life’s work, as “high style with out grandiloquence.”

Vyat Bakities salutes Backlit as “brilliant and thrilling, drawn up from depths beyond / desire itself.”

In noticing the book on his Longhouse blog Bob Arnold published this photo of the younger Benton and four poems he marked as favorites providing a taste of the Benton you’ll find in Backlit.

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