The Revisionist & The Astropastorals (Paperback Edition)

“This expertly framed volume marks a lasting contribution to American poetry.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)





MacArthur “genius” Douglas Crase is best known for his invocations of the American landscape and Transcendental tradition. Out of print since 1987, The Revisionsist has been enough to establish him as one of the most important poets of his generation. Its influence persists, says The Oxford Book of American Poetry, as a “formidable underground reputation.” By combining that book with Crase’s recent chapbook, The Astropastorals, Nightboat Books brings Crase’s underground reputation to a wider audience for the first time in thirty-two years.


This is such anticipatory, massively omniscient edging work. It’s a tone you’d expect a poet to hit here or there but Doug hits it always and I don’t know that he “knows,” or his poem knows but there’s a temptation as a reader to want to stay in it always. He’s not saying it’ll be okay. But even, not meekly, that there are patterns.

-Eileen Myles
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ISBN: 9781643620404
Paperback, 144 pages, 6 x 9 in
Publication Date: October 13, 2020

Thinking here has been arrayed with grace enough to belie its density. Crase’s linguistic domain is at once tantalizingly abstract yet present and palpable. His poems are alive on the tongue while being read and even more so days later, as a recollected fragment surfaces unbidden amid the flux of thought.

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Douglas Crase is the author of The Revisionist, Both: A Portrait in Two Parts, and Lines from London Terrace; Essays and Addresses …

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