Political Conditions / Physical States
60 pages, paperback
Cover by George Schneeman
Copyright © 1993
A new book of poems by the author of Housing, Preservation & Development and Processed Words, and the former editor of the magazine Gandhabba. He has taught poetry and music workshops at The Poetry Project in New York and has received grants from Pen and The Fund for Poetry.
"I've been reading Tom Savage's poems for a long time and have come to realize that I need each new book. He's a particularly honest and tough-minded poet; his voice is one I count on to register change-social and individual, to tell me what's going on. Not as the faceless world seems to tell us it conceives it, but as it comes around to him. He's good-poet, person." Alice Notley
"Entering Tom Savage's poems, we might assume them to be familiar rooms. We recognize the objects, streets outside, feelings, even the language. Or do we? They are, in fact, shifting walls and streets constructed with an armature of language leading us unwittingly to realities we would have flinched from. His idiom itself, with a keen ear for everyday utterance, can at a moment's notice become a trapdoor through which we fall, finding other structures and ways of speaking unlike what we had been used to, though now, somehow, they too have become familiar." Dean Kostos
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