Absences: New Poems by James Tate

Absences: New Poems by James Tate. Atlantic Monthly Press, 1972, unstated printing, signed by author, 109 pages. Tate was a Pulitzer and National Book award-winning poet. According to a review in the New York Times: "“Absences” is Tate's third major collection. He is an impressive writer whose process of imaginative growth is through that deliberate extinction of personality which T. S. Eliot once called for as the indispensable means of turning a man or woman of powerful personality into a writer of powerful poems. He makes the current school of confessional poets look a little sick. They could do worse than read Tate and shape up."

Condition: Good. Signed by author. Due to a production error, the front matter is upside down.

"When I drink

I am the only man

in New York City."

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