Frederick Feirstein has had nine previous books of poems published, seven by Story Line and the Quarterly Review of Literature. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Poetry Society of America’s John Masefield Award, and England’s Arvon Prize. Twelve of his plays have been produced. Three are musical dramas, his lyrics deriving from his poetry. His third, Uprising, will be done as a film. He made his living writing film and television while he trained as a psychoanalyst. He is in private practice in New York City and on the faculty of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. His autobiography is in the Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, and his biography in the Dictionary of Literary Biography.
This edition brings together selected poems from all six previous editions of Frederick Feirstein’s poetry published between 1974 and 1997. Feirstein is one of the founders of Expansive Poetry which reaches out to audiences beyond the academy and incorporates free verse, formal, and narrative techniques. The poems in this selection combine extraordinary lyric and storytelling skills. A poet of urban anger, humour reconciliation, and revelation. Frederick Feirstein dares to work on an epic scale. His ambitious vision makes for a unique accessible achievement in American poetry. This broad selection of poems is a cause for celebration.
In addition to six books of poetry, Frederick Feirstein has produced seven plays and edited the anthology Expansive Poetry: Essays on the New Narrative and the New Formalism. He has received fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. His many honors include the Poetry Society of America’s John Masefield Award.
This collection of poetry by the editor of EXPANSIVE POETRY, focuses on life in New York—in language alternately hip, and nostalgic, the ten characters in “Nomads” focus on abortion, divorce, the forces threatening the neighborhoods, and the need to preserve the family; in “The Psychiatrist At the Cocktail Party: A Dramatic Sequence,” Feirstein presents in formal verse a hilarious, and disturbing cast of urban professionals, sexual bandits, opportunists and international terrorists.