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Flight Test
Flight Test

Lewis Warsh

Poetry $5
Out of Print"In turn elegiac, discursive, ironic or deadpan, Lewis Warsh’s poems trip the real"

Flight Test is a serial poem in which a sense of impending doom merges imperceptibly with the quotidian until there almost never was a difference between the two.

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They say that the novel was based on something that
happened to the author, so that in order to understand
what we’re reading we have to read the story of the
author’s life, side by side. It would seem that every piece
of writing should be accompanied by the journal that
the author kept at the time he or she was writing. To create
a new level of artifice? Maybe, or maybe as a way to absorb
the pain of trying to extract a tincture of reality from the
smokehold of the imaginary. Never say “should.”

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About the Author

Lewis Warsh

Lewis Warsh is the author of over thirty volumes of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including One Foot Out the Door: Collected Stories (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), A Place in the Sun (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014) and Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary Books, 2008). He is co-editor of The Angel Hair Anthology (Granary Books, 2001) and editor and publisher of United Artists Books. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts, The Poet’s Foundation and The Fund for Poetry. Mimeo Mimeo #7 (2012) was devoted to his poetry, fiction and collages, and to a bibliography of his work as a writer and publisher. He has taught at Naropa University, The Poetry Project, SUNY Albany and Long Island University (Brooklyn), where he was director of the MFA program in creative writing from 2007-2013 and where he currently teaches. He lives in Manhattan and in Western Massachusetts.

Advance Praise

In turn elegiac, discursive, ironic or deadpan, Lewis Warsh’s poems trip the real while revealing the incontrovertible logic of his lyric. What’s love got to do with it? Everything, for words and lovers are haunted by their absent objects in the same sublime way. Like a  modern cross between Montaigne and Jabes, Warsh anatomizes this  torment with the mastery and clarity of the possessed.—Chris Tysh