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The Clerk's Tale: Poems

The Clerk's Tale: Poems By Spencer Reece The Clerk s Tale Poems In a recent double fiction issue The New Yorker devoted the entire back page to a single poem The Clerk s Tale by Spencer Reece The poet who drew such unusual attention has a surprising background

  • Title: The Clerk's Tale: Poems
  • Author: Spencer Reece
  • ISBN: 9780618422548
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Clerk's Tale: Poems By Spencer Reece In a recent double fiction issue, The New Yorker devoted the entire back page to a single poem, The Clerk s Tale, by Spencer Reece The poet who drew such unusual attention has a surprising background for many years he has worked for Brooks Brothers, a fact that lends particular nuance to the title of his collection The Clerk s Tale pays homage not only to Chaucer butIn a recent double fiction issue, The New Yorker devoted the entire back page to a single poem, The Clerk s Tale, by Spencer Reece The poet who drew such unusual attention has a surprising background for many years he has worked for Brooks Brothers, a fact that lends particular nuance to the title of his collection The Clerk s Tale pays homage not only to Chaucer but to the clerks brotherhood of service in the mall, where the light is bright and artificial, yet not dissimilar to that found in a Gothic cathedral The fifty poems in The Clerk s Tale are exquisitely restrained, shot through with a longing for permanence, from the quasi monastic life of two salesmen at Brooks Brothers to the poignant lingering light of a Miami dusk to the weight of geography on an empty Minnesota farm Gluck describes them as having an effect I have never quite seen before, half cocktail party, half passion play We do not expect virtuosity as the outward form of soul making, nor do we associate generosity and humanity with such sophistication of means, such polished intelligence Much life has gone into the making of this art, much patient craft.
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    1. Matthew on said:

      Mixed feelings about this collection The things I liked I strongly liked But the things that irked me strongly irked me.My favourite poems in the collection are the poems that best demonstrate Reece s remarkable use of metaphor and simile In fact, this is what I liked best about the poems in this collection the poet s use of metaphor and simile I haven t been as impressed by a poet s use of metaphor and simile since reading Karen Solie Clothedin low rent autobiographies we slouch toward eviction [...]

    2. Brian on said:

      The poet is a friend and knowing him as a person adds a different understanding of the tales he spins Wonderfully done and worthy of the praise it has received.

    3. Kalima on said:

      A great first book of poems I particularly liked the title poem and the Florids Ghazals Very well done.

    4. Nina on said:

      Incredibly gorgeous personal, lyrics full of contrasts spare and lush, baroque and plain spoken Will go down as one of the best books of poetry of the decade.

    5. Bcoghill Coghill on said:

      Portions that resonated with me It is a book I will revisit many times Right now, I intended to reread Reece s second book again.

    6. Aidan Owen on said:

      A meticulously crafted, often moving collection from Spencer Reece his first, actually The poems are shot through with absence and loss and often read as fractured Sometimes that effect left me feeling alienated from the poem, but sometimes it was heartrending, as in the poem Interlude We are two men on a park benchin Palm Beach oblivious to the two menwho start their truck with that boyfrom the bar inside dragging himin the dark to the fence strapping himwith a rope to a post in Laramie,Wyoming [...]

    7. Bethany on said:

      This book of poetry introduce me to forms of poetry like the ghazal that I d never heard of and now absolutely adore It also contains such a perfect balance of straightforward, no nonsense, little description poetry with the type of wonderful, flowing, ornate descriptions that I absolutely love and adore Spencer Reece is an exquisite poet The poem Ghazals For Spring is one of the best poems I have read in a very long time, despite how long it is I really have to read of this poet.

    8. Barrett on said:

      This was the infamous back page of the New Yorker poem, the one that was hyped, the one that got all the fancy back cover blurbs It deserved it The short version His sense of place was impeccable and varied His risky choice to include three ghazal sequences, based on the ancient Persian form, were riveting Rare enough to feel it, so it should be mentioned I loved everything about this book.

    9. Megan on said:

      Spencer Reece came to write and present at Lesley University when I was in my MFA program, and I loved his writing then This is his first book of poems, and I m still reading his latest collection The complexity and loveliness of every image, whether it is animal, geographical, or emotional, is simply stunning.

    10. Jenni on said:

      Probably the best first book contest winner I ve ever read Classical style, emotional depth Authentic voice.

    11. Alana on said:

      I went to Spencer s reading earlier this month, and this is the best poetry I ve heard read in a long time.

    12. Stephanie Schultz on said:

      My favorite poem was Loxahatchee It felt very different from the rest of the collection and was deeply rooted in the natural world than in the narrator s self.

    13. Rachel on said:

      Classy, honest, focused This book is one of my all time favorites Reece has an amazing knack for inhabiting a place and offering it to the reader with obsessive poetic clarity.

    14. Timothy Juhl on said:

      I know I probably should find to like in this debut collection of poetry, it won a couple of awards and the New Yorker devoted an entire back page to the title poem which is the best piece in the collection.It s very clear now that I m drawn to linear, narrative voices in poetry Certainly, The Clerk s Tale the poem fits this frame, so too did Cape Cod , but much of the remaining poems, I m sure lend to some sort of brilliance, but I found the voice and rhythm too repetitive and much of the col [...]

    15. Jessica on said:

      His first book of poems, won the Breadmaker s prize or some such thing Calls Deborah Keenan a savior Reece was assistant manager at a Brooks Brothers in MOA, and the title poem chronicles that, as well as alludes to Chaucer Sometimes the snow falls like rice this line actually made it into my dream one night Good poems.

    16. jojo the burlesque poetess on said:

      my current mentor whom i madly adore i m so excited for the work we re going to be doing after admiring him since 04d he s having me do the craziest greatest exercisesturning poems into menus and screenplay formats of dialoguesh LOVE IT and everyone should read this especially the bestiary section

    17. Korri on said:

      bought at Barner Books September 2012There is an artlessness to Reece s poems, in that he makes it appear as if no effort went into their creation I need to mull over the collection longer before writing .

    18. Terry on said:

      An uncommonly virtuosic first book of poetry from a heretofore unheard of poet.

    19. Amanda Carver on said:

      Even when Reece is writing about Florida, I feel like he takes me places I have never been.

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