Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. One tour-de-force after another, each with an impressive sureness of touch...No poet writing today has a greater breadth of sensibility than Violi, or expresses it in a greater range of styles, or uses more of the devices that poetry has to offer. His poems inspire the feelings of excitement about life that is, still, the ultimate function of art -- Tony Towle.
Breakers brings together several of this influential poet's major, longer poems, and presents new work.
"The best satirical mind in contemporary poetry" --Andrei Codrescu.
About the Author
Paul Violi (b. July 20, 1944) is an American poet born in New York. He is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Splurge, Fracas, The Curious Builder, Likewise, and most recently Overnight. Violi was managing editor of The Architectural Forum from 1972-1974, worked on free-lance projects at Universal Limited Art Editions and as chairman of the Associate Council Poetry Committee, he organized a series of readings at the Museum of Modern Art from 1974 to 1983. He also co-founded Swollen Magpie Press, which produced poetry chapbooks, anthologies, and a magazine called New York Times. His art book collaborations with Dale Devereux Barker, most recently Envoy; Life is Completely Interesting, have been acquired by major collections. The expanded text of their first collaboration, Selected Accidents, Pointless Anecdotes, a collection of non-fiction prose, was published by Hanging Loose Press in 2002.He currently teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and in the graduate writing program at New School University.