200 pages, paperback
Cover by Hal Saulson
Copyright © 2011
Ted Greenwald's Clearview/LIE is a memoir, of sorts - a portrait of the poet as a young man gathering information and harboring knowledge. This book can also be read as an ars poetica, though nowhere does Greenwald make the mistake of confining it in a summation. Offering impressions, observations, side-bars, "takes," propositions, he writes of things that have given him pause. Greenwald keeps his account terse and yet its vision is capacious; its tone is sardonic and yet it is informed by generosity of spirit. It is about the grace of skepticism. Clearview/LIE affirms the virtues of necessity. It's an account of getting real. We live life where conditions are specific and things actual; these are the limit conditions that provide a lived life with its creative contradictions and its adamant individuality, modest perhaps and certainly magnificent. Lyn Hejinian
This autobiographical epic from American poetry's best-kept secret dynamo goes streaming onward and veering between electric poles and templates of "anyway," deep in the heart of diction. The poem is a form of reading one life into another, a bridge-and-tunnel work, swift and huge as capital letters. Bill Berkson
Ted Greenwald was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. He is the author of over thirty books, including: 3 (Cuneiform Press, 2008), Permanent Record (LRL, 2008), In Your Dreams (BlazeVox, 2008), and Two Wrongs (Cuneiform Press, 2007), a collaboration with Hal Saulson.
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