While clearly influenced by those poets he championed, Laughlin displayed a unique talent for combining William Carlos Williams’s immersion in everyday triviality with a passion for classical scholarship every bit the equal to Ezra Pound’s.

Publishers Weekly

Available June 1, 1993

The Man In The Wall

Poetry by James Laughlin

James Laughlin has been called the American Catullus. Like that most Greek of ancient Latin poets, he elevated his everyday subjects with wit and clarity of language. Love and hate, death and aging, politics, literature, travel, the horrors of war––Laughlin’s muse spoke of all these things with a fresh directness that make his poems both timeless and contemporary. The founder of New Directions, Laughlin’s efforts as publisher and poet had been to prolong and extend the old poetic traditions. Poetry for him was, in Gertrude Stein’s phrase, a “continuous present” in all times and cultures. Laughlin developed his distinctive tight metrics with the advice of William Carlos Williams. A longer, comical line is found in the recent poems of Laughlin’s cheeky doppelganger, Hiram Handspring. 

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Paperback (published June 1, 1993)

ISBN
9780811212373
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Clothbound (published June 1, 1993)

ISBN
9780811212366
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19.95
Page Count
128

James Laughlin

James Laughlin was the founder of New Directions and author of several collections of poetry

While clearly influenced by those poets he championed, Laughlin displayed a unique talent for combining William Carlos Williams’s immersion in everyday triviality with a passion for classical scholarship every bit the equal to Ezra Pound’s.

Publishers Weekly