Douglas Crase
Lines from London Terrace
Essay
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-1-940396-39-2
Publication Date: February 2018

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Essays and addresses by poet and MacArthur fellow Douglas Crase include an early introduction of his friend John Ashbery, a memoir of his friendship with James Schuyler (judged “the best single essay on Schuyler I know” by Richard Howard in the New York Times), an outsider’s introduction to Emerson written originally for the Library of America, a revisionist history of the New York School (“fine and gossipy,” wrote Peter Schjeldahl in the New Yorker), a long essay on Niedecker and the evolutional sublime (“magisterial” according to Barry Schwabsky at Hyperallergic, “marvelous” noted Laura Sims at Coldfront), and an afterword to the poems of Donald Britton described by Kevin Killian as “a beautiful portrait of Britton as a prism for his time” and by Schwabsky as “a fiercely searching critical overview of the New York poetry world of the 1980s.”

John Yau, reviewing this collection for Hyperallergic, called Crase “a subversive who challenges the received wisdom” and concluded that “the entire body of Crase’s work invites the kind of close attention that is usually reserved for poetry.” Bob Arnold, who featured it on his Longhouse blog, framed his opinion as a question: “And since when has a book of essays on poetry and poets felt this good to you?”

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