Bound to no sect, member of no clique, vastly read in the poetry of his own time and of the past, Carruth has been through the force of his own gifts at the mainstream of our poetry when it was gathering its fullest momentum and achieving its richest variety.
—Adrienne Rich, Nation

Asphalt Georgics

Poetry by Hayden Carruth

America’s paved-over landscape dotted with its oases of shopping malls and franchise strips is the setting for Hayden Carruth’s Asphalt Georgics, a new collection of thirteen poems in the common speech of Upstate New York. Here are the voices of Charlie Spaid, talking of the death of his landlady, Marge; of Septic Tanck, musing on his own peculiar name; of old Capper Kaplinski, still watching the girls pass by; of Art and Poll, back in the old neighborhood. What they tell about their lives is hardly what they themselves would ever expect to read in the pages of a book of poetry. Yet to capture the rhythms of their very colloquial language, Hayden Carruth has invented a new verse form, his Georgics-quatrains in strict syllables and rhyme, though with no accentual pattern––which achieve by their special artifice a classic and earthy elegance.

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Hayden Carruth

20th century American poet, literary critic and editor

Bound to no sect, member of no clique, vastly read in the poetry of his own time and of the past, Carruth has been through the force of his own gifts at the mainstream of our poetry when it was gathering its fullest momentum and achieving its richest variety.
—Adrienne Rich, Nation