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Testimonials for

Selected Poems

"Like Beethoven's Bagatelles, Simon Pettet's short poems have a great deal to say, and their seemingly modest dimensions help rather than hinder his saying it. An unorthodox lucidity reminiscent of Schuyler, a certain English dappleness and an oriental concision blend in poetry whose sweet, complex fragrance is Pettet's secret."
- John Ashbery

". . . poems like large beads with words deeply carved in them... and so the beads turn from wood to gem in this light: a New York light cast on English speech (English light cast on New York speech?) Perfect poems, unexpectedly."
- Alice Notley

"Simon Pettet's poems inhabit the real and delicate world of the English language - so familiar, to its practitioners both sides of the Atlantic, yet quite consistently and kindly startling in this instance. You read these more than once: they become parts of your life."
- Anselm Hollo


photo by Jon Bidwell

Simon Pettet is an English-born poet, long-time resident of New York's Lower East Side. His Selected Poems is still available from Talisman House. He is also the author of two classic collaborations with photographer-filmmaker, Rudy Burckhardt, Conversations About Everything and Talking Pictures. He also compiled and edited The Selected Art Writings of James Schuyler for Black Sparrow . A limited edition, Abundant Treasures (poems accompanying hand-colored drawings by New York artist Duncan Hannah), was published by Granary Books.

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