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Robbins's work sounds very little like most of what is being published in America by poets his age -He comes out of another tradition, one we forget in these indifferent times at our own peril, the tradition of Villon, of Corbier, Celine, Henry Miller, Tom McGrath, and most recently Gerald Stern, the great outsiders who bless our daily lives with their boundless love and rage. Praise from Philip Levine

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nik defour, September 14, 2008 (view all comments by nik defour)
In his current book of poems, My Piece of the Puzzle, Doren Robbins revalidates the position of poets writing in the free verse, narrative-lyric tradition of Walt Whitman. Over the last quarter of the twentieth century till now, one of the central issues for poets concerns what has actually been an ongoing debate regarding the formal aspects of poetry. In the 1970s poets and critics, many of whom were linked or sympathetic to “Language Poetry,” began exploring the early Modernist paths in experimental arrangements of syntax and subject, non-linear narrative, and disjunctive non-realist poetic-prose constructions. Of crucial concern is there direct impatience with the natural speech movement in poetry beginning roughly with Wordsworth and his call for a poetry conveying “feelings and notions in simple unelaborated expressions,” Whitman’s claim and stance for “simplicity,” that “nothing can make up for excess or for the lack of definiteness,” to W.C. Williams’s final emphasis on the importance of the “American Idiom” for naturalizing poetic speech. There is a sound argument that written-word-spoken-word synthesis has reached a point of dilution. Even in celebrated or maverick poets like Galway Kinnell, Louise Gluck, Diane Wakoski, Charles Bukowski, or Lawrence Ferlinghetti it is clear that in large portions of their work the language style for expressing emotion and the immediacy of experience is worn out, no matter what the tone is the language style makes for a drab, predictable, energy-sapped reading experience. Based on biographical subject matter in his Wikipedia profile, Doren Robbins appears to have been aware of this and other debates crucial to the vitality of poetry. But it is only in recent books, from Dignity in Naples and North Hollywood and The Donkey’s Tale, to Driving Face Down and his current book, My Piece of the Puzzle that his stature as a poet revitalizing narrative-lyric has been legitimatized. However, his best works are not “simple, unelaborated expressions,” they are indisputably brilliant and enlivening in the often innovative use of idiomatic narrative, imagery, and rhythmic flux exemplified in such poems as “Name a Dish After Me, John Said,” from The Donkey’s Tale, or “Abrams,” “Anna,” “My Pico Boulevard,” and “Beneath The Jewish Music” from Driving Face Down, and, finally at least three from his new book My Piece of the Puzzle: “Four Family,” “Before and After Tampico,” and the title poem. Robbins’ poetry is starting to gain critical attention. Notably, his work has been acclaimed by such poets as Thomas McGrath, Philip Levine, Gerald Stern, Adrienne Rich, and the historian-playwright Howard Zinn.
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ISBN:
9781597660389
Author:
Robbins, Doren
Publisher:
Eastern Washington University Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Series:
Lynx House Book
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
71
Dimensions:
8.46x6.00x.24 in. .29 lbs.

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