ALONG THE RAILS
76 pages, paperback
Cover by Pamela Lawton
Copyright © 1991
Elio Schneeman was born October 16, 1961, in Campo Do Statte, Taranto, Italy. In 1966 he moved with his family to New York City. In 1978, C Press published a limited collection of his poems, In February I Think. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Transfer and Shiny, and the anthologies Nice to See You: Homage to Ted Berrigan (Coffee House) and Out of This World (Crown). Along The Rails is his first full-length collection of poems.
"I like Elio Schneeman's first major collection very much. It reminds me of the big-city angularity of Edwin Denby, the graceful weightlessness of Paul Eluard, the childlike amazement of Joseph Ceravolo, and the mysterious displacements of Pierre Reverdy, but what is better is that it reminds me of Elio Schneeman. His own quiet music and subtle shifts of diction move us through the atmosphere of the dream that is the city whose air is also our own breath, evoking the magic of just being anywhere, no matter how we happen to be feeling." Ron Padgett
"Elio Schneeman turns some interesting corners in Along The Rails. His writing is strong, often quite sophisticated. He is sometimes boyish or raw, but he writes smart, and his perceptions of feeling-real feeling, oblique feeling- are only self-conscious enough to be smartly written. I am impressed by how substantial he sounds, and how solitary." John Godfrey
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