Merrill Moore, XxX: 100 Poems

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Merrill Moore, XxX: 100 Poems

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Selected & edited by David R. Slavitt

“Merrill Moore’s sonnets are magnificent” – William Carlos Williams

Perhaps best remembered as Robert Lowell’s psychologist, Merrill Moore was a key member of the Fugitive group of poets, alongisde John Crowe Ransom and Allen Tate. This re-introduction will help establish the important but hitherto overlooked work of Merrill Moore, the best of which is “extremely fine and original”. 

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128pp | 9780993505614 | September 2016 | Limited to 500 copies

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“Merrill Moore remains the most prolific sonneteer in English – The New Yorker once estimated his output at 50,000 ‘fourteeners’. As this selection makes clear, the best of these are extremely fine and original – memorable, well-turned, witty, strange. For his obsessive sifting and valuable act  of recovery, the editor David R. Slavitt deserves a prize, but the greatest reward for his efforts is, delightfully, ours.”
David Yezzi, author of Birds of the Air
“Merrill Moore deserves to be placed much higher on Parnassus than he is. English poets have much to learn from him, perhaps even more than the Americans. His poetry is a social space, intimate and public at the same time, overheard and most distinctly heard.” Michael Schmidt, Editor of PN Review
"I am glad the book exists as I've now been introduced to the truly eccentric life of Merrill Moore, and all of that credit must go to Slavitt and Little Island Press for bringing Moore back into public consciousness." Mike James, Contemporary Small Press