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But then, from way off, with cranking

comes my night, and when it arrives

I go to it like a callboy to a c-note.

--"My Interior"

"Jeff Clark's poems . . . marry the stoned reveries of our postmodern era with the symbolist bliss of a previous one . . . In meticulously crafted verse and prose poems, The Little Door Slides Back offers the reader glimpses of a shadow world, seen by a visionary who has a clear strategy for depicting them." --*Ruth Andrews, Rain Taxi

"A 120-page spell . . . This is a beautiful work whose accuracy edges on the uncanny. Within, among, and around it all is presence, an almost hallucinogenic immediacy in which everything is seen and is in turn seeing." --Cole Swenson, American Letters & Commentary

"Clark integrates fin-de-siècle richness, hallucinatory vision, and a gothicism extracted from the bleak cul-de-sacs of postmodern life . . . constructing a flaneur who is both terrified and bemused by the world he enters as 'the little door slides back.'"--John Yau, Boston Review

Jeff Clark was born in Southern California in 1971. His other books of poetry are Music and Suicide, Arab Rab, and Sun on 6. He lives in Oakland.

This collection of poems, which first appeared in 1997, quickly attained a cult-classic status among many readers, students, and practitioners of today's American poetry. As John Yau noted in Boston Review: "Clark integrates fin-de-siècle richness, hallucinatory vision, and a gothicism extracted from the bleak cul-de-sacs of postmodern life . . . [The poet we meet in these pages is] a flaneur who is both terrified and bemused by the world he enters as 'the little door slides back' . . . The image of the 'little door' captures the existential humor of Clark's persona, and the intersection of mystery and alienation from which he often writes . . . This volume is remarkable for its liveliness and intelligence, and I recommend it highly."

"Clark's poemswhich run through several genres, including the fable, the love letter, the chant, [and] the tercet . . . are devoted to the idea of possibility in the poet who operates as a free agent, looking to the weather not for the springs of dailiness but for some message from the aether."Brian Kim Stefans, Arras

"Clark's poems . . . marry the stoned reveries of our postmodern era with the symbolist bliss of a previous one . . . In meticulously crafted verse and prose poems, The Little Door Slides Back offers the reader glimpses of a shadow world, seen by a visionary who has a clear strategy for depicting them."Ruth Andrews, Rain Taxi

"A 120-page spell . . . This is a beautiful work whose accuracy edges on the uncanny. Within, among, and around it all is presence, an almost hallucinogenic immediacy in which everything is seen and is in turn seeing."Cole Swenson, American Letters & Commentary

"Clark's poems are, in Timothy Donnelly's words, those of 'a real fin de millennium decadent' . . . It's language [that Clark] loves and assaults, language he will not let rest . . . Visiting Clarkish psycholinguistic territories, we're as liable to be terrified as lullabied . . . [This poet] makes of his idiosynchrony a happy sadomasochism, a luxuriance of prurience."Heather McHugh, Boston Review

"The publishers . . . would have done well to issue this volume in bright yellow covers."Chicago Review

"Thick, purring music."Rhizome

Synopsis:

But then, from way off, with cranking

comes my night, and when it arrives

I go to it like a callboy to a c-note.

--"My Interior"

"Jeff Clark's poems . . . marry the stoned reveries of our postmodern era with the symbolist bliss of a previous one . . . In meticulously crafted verse and prose poems, The Little Door Slides Back offers the reader glimpses of a shadow world, seen by a visionary who has a clear strategy for depicting them." --*Ruth Andrews, Rain Taxi

"A 120-page spell . . . This is a beautiful work whose accuracy edges on the uncanny. Within, among, and around it all is presence, an almost hallucinogenic immediacy in which everything is seen and is in turn seeing." --Cole Swenson, American Letters & Commentary

"Clark integrates fin-de-siècle richness, hallucinatory vision, and a gothicism extracted from the bleak cul-de-sacs of postmodern life . . . constructing a flaneur who is both terrified and bemused by the world he enters as 'the little door slides back.'"--John Yau, Boston Review

About the Author

Jeff Clark was born in Southern California in 1971. The author of three other books of poems--Music and Suicide, Arab Rab, and Sun on 6--he lives in Oakland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374188580
Author:
Clark, Jeff
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
Bd. B 227
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.44 x 0.325 in

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But then, from way off, with cranking

comes my night, and when it arrives

I go to it like a callboy to a c-note.

--"My Interior"

"Jeff Clark's poems . . . marry the stoned reveries of our postmodern era with the symbolist bliss of a previous one . . . In meticulously crafted verse and prose poems, The Little Door Slides Back offers the reader glimpses of a shadow world, seen by a visionary who has a clear strategy for depicting them." --*Ruth Andrews, Rain Taxi

"A 120-page spell . . . This is a beautiful work whose accuracy edges on the uncanny. Within, among, and around it all is presence, an almost hallucinogenic immediacy in which everything is seen and is in turn seeing." --Cole Swenson, American Letters & Commentary

"Clark integrates fin-de-siècle richness, hallucinatory vision, and a gothicism extracted from the bleak cul-de-sacs of postmodern life . . . constructing a flaneur who is both terrified and bemused by the world he enters as 'the little door slides back.'"--John Yau, Boston Review

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