Author(s): J. H. Prynne
J.H. Prynne is Britain's major late Modernist poet. His work, as it has emerged since the 1960s, when he was close to Charles Olson, is marked by a remarkable combination of lyricism and abstraction, at once austere and playful. White Stones is a book that is central to Prynne's career and poetics, and it constitutes an ideal introduction to the achievement and vision of a legendary contemporary master.
This is the first US appearance of J. H. Prynne's most important work, The White Stones, a key document in the British Poetry Revival of the 1960s and pinnacle work in this important, avant garde poet's vast oeuvre.
[Prynne s poetry] can induce the same combinations of fear and wonder once associated with the sublime...It is undeniable that his poetry offers both pleasures and challenges of an unusually complex kind: and it is for precisely this reason that many people will testify, without hyperbole or sentimentality, that his poetry has changed their lives. Robert Potts, "The Guardian" Prynne s work is challenging, yes, but also funny...politically incisive, erotic, and philosophical. It puts into play the most diverse range of discourses imaginable and doesn t make it easy for the reader to decide how or even with what attitude to respond...Prynne s work reminds us that poetry, besides offering a variety of sensorial and emotional pleasures, can be something with which to think. Forrest Gander, "Chicago Review""
J. H. Prynne is a poet known primarily for his avant-garde work and as a key figure in the British Poetry Revival. He has published over thirty poetry collections, including Kitchen Poems, Day Light Songs, and most recently Kazoo Dreamboats; or, On What There Is. He has also written several critical prose works, most recently Concepts and Conception in Poetry. He is a Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and lives in Cambridge, UK. Peter Gizzi is the author of several poetry collections, including Threshold Songs, The Outernationale, and most recently, In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011. He has served as the poetry editor for The Nation and as founding editor of oblek: a journal of language arts. He has been awarded the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets as well as fellowships from the Howard Foundation, the Rex Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2011 he was the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge University. He currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.