Collected for the first time, four landmark works of queer experimental poetry by the reclusive cult poet David Melnick.
David Melnick’s Nice: Collected Poems spans twenty crucial years of gay life and experimentation with poetic form, bringing together four masterworks of American literature: Eclogs (1967-70), ten episodes in the urban afterlife of the pastoral; PCOET (1972), written in an unknown tongue, verse for a world that’s yet to be; Men in Aida (1983-85), Melnick’s masterpiece, a giddy epic of queer community; and A Pin’s Fee (1988), a backward glance and elegy, a cry of pain, a howl of anger.
Melnick’s twist of “gay ethic” in poetic language makes for a brief but unforgettable oeuvre. Nice: Collected Poems proves that David Melnick is an exemplary figure of unreadability in American poetics, one who continues to teach us of unreadability’s pleasures, politics, and pains. . . [T]he posthumous volume brings the once-hermetic Melnick out into the light of new audiences.