On Autumn Lake

On Autumn Lake collects four decades of prose (1976-2020) by renowned poet and beloved cult figure Douglas Crase, with an emphasis on idiosyncratic essays about quintessentially American poets and the enduring transcendentalist tradition.

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The Collected Essays

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Weight 1.4 lbs

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Douglas Crase’s prose is rich with conviction and desire, inspiring, as John Yau wrote, “the kind of attention usually reserved for poetry.” His essays, written as rhythmically as poems, take a personal rather than abstract approach, offering committed and sometimes intimate portraits of John Ashbery, James Schuyler, Lorine Niedecker, and others. With generosity of spirit, Crase shares his devotion to poetry, democracy, and landscape in this handsome volume that greatly enlarges the available body of his work and will be seen as the essential complement to his collected poems.

Table of Contents

On Autumn Lake
A Voice Like the Day
Make It True
The Poet’s So-called Prose
A Schuyler Ballade
Note on Niedecker
Free and Clean
Niedecker and the Evolutional Sublime
How Emerson Avails
A Brief History of Memes

Native Genius
Lines from London Terrace
The Leftover Landscape
An Outsider’s Introduction to EmersonRemarks on Ashbery
The Prophetic Ashbery
Justified Times
Unlikely Angel
A Hidden History of the Avant-Garde
The Drawings of Dwight Ripley
The New York School RevisitedTHE MENACE AHEAD
Poetry and the Menace Ahead
Dead Tech
The Enduring Influence of a Painter’s Garden
The Pyrrhic Measure in American Poetry
The Applause of Science
Deborah Rosenthal’s Art of Deep Time
The Civic Metonymy of Michael Schiavo
Apertures on a Virtual Field
Introduction to a Long Poem by Robert C. L. Crawford
Mark Milroy Paints My Portrait
In the Empire of the Air

ISBN: 9781643621432
Paperback, 440 pages, 5 x 8.5 in
Publication Date: May 24, 2022

Poet, essayist, and biographer Crase, a MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow, has gathered more than 30 pieces published over the last 40 years that he describes as “affairs of attention and intellectual desire, rather than criticism.” Among those who merit his attention are poets John Ashbery, James Schuyler, Marianne Moore, and Lorine Niedecker; artists Fairfield Porter, Grace Hartigan, Larry Rivers, Eugene Leake, and Robert Dash; and Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose prescience and “persistent moral proximity” Crase roundly celebrates in several essays. Besides being appreciations, the pieces also serve as memoir and cultural history… Gracefully wrought essays imbued with a rare intimacy.

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Douglas Crase is an independent poet and essayist. He was born in Michigan in 1944, raised on a farm, and educated at Princeton. A former speechwriter, he was described in …

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