David Melnick (1938-2022) is remembered as one of the outstanding provocateurs of twentieth-century poetry, a poet “suffocated by meaning,” one who read in glittering platform heels with a glass of cabernet. While Melnick was infamously a recluse, having published only one interview before his passing, he leaves behind the legacy of a life lived with various poetic, communal, and political intimacies. Nice: Collected Poems — published today by Nightboat — is the first comprehensive collection of his work.  Below is a conversation with Benjamin Friedlander, who — along with Alison Fraser, Jeffrey Jullich, and Ron Silliman — edited the poems…

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