Selected Poems 1990—2010
The title of Pat Nolan’s two volume selected poems, So Much, references modern American poetry’s seminal work by William Carlos Williams, about a red wheelbarrow, chickens, and rain. The poems in this second volume were actualized and finalized beyond their notebook originations on a word processor hence the designation of this twenty year span from 1990 to 2010 as Notebook Keyboard. As poet and critic Andrei Codrescu has said, Nolan’s poetry “survived, with the help of not just the luxury of irony, but also the blending of his secretly bilingual (French-Canadian and American) language, his intensely questioned, but never renounced, faith in poetry. His sense of wonder, sometimes wary and wise, often surprised, is always in and of the world around him.”
Adherent to Whitman’s maverick impulse and O’Hara’s Personism, in memory of Ted Berrigan’s working class élan, under the guidance of Schuyler and Whalen, with a nod to early 20th Century French poets and the sages of the East, Pat Nolan’s poems hit all the right post-Beat, California School of New York Poets, Pacific Rim demotic notational ephemerist notes.
The poems selected here are representative of an acquired esthetic sourced outside of the doctrinaire Anglo-American literary tradition. They do not aim at rhetoric nor do they seek to persuade. Their primary intent is to present the fine distinctions of a perceptual identity in a uniquely spontaneous improvisational manner to the ear as well as to the page.
Praise for Pat Nolan’s poetry:
“Pat Nolan is one of the poets, Ted Berrigan once said, that you have to always keep an eye on because he can do unexpected startling things that leave you eating his dust.”
— Andrei Codrescu, author of So Recently Rent A World: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2012.
“Descriptions of nature so translucent we can only marvel how he weaves us into them, onward, around that eternal share of misfortune, bitter realization, and expectations gone wrong. This is Nolan’s secret power. He engages us in magical transformation and will not let us look away.”
— Maureen Owen, author of Erosion’s Pull and Edges of Water
“. . .reminded me of James Joyce in that brief moments can become long & engrossing & turn the page for you despite any wishes thoughts & warnings you may have about more . . . .”
—Keith Kumasen Abbott, author of Downstream From Tour Fishing In America, A Memoir
“Reading a book of Pat Nolan poems, I tell myself to breathe, to be mindful, because everything is here, from the Zen moment that never ends to the surreal architecture we live within.”
—Bart Schneider, author of Nameless Dame
“Following up on the first volume of his selected poems, published in 2018 from his typewritten manuscripts, ex-Oaklander Pat Nolan moves us closer to the present with the second volume, rendered into print from computer-generated manuscripts. This generous selection of his more recent work further solidifies his status as one of the West Coast’s masters of the contemporary lyric poem. Heavily influenced by the Chinese poetry of the Tang Dynasty, the classical Japanese forms of tanka, the poets of the mid-twentieth century New York School (of Frank O’Hara, Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, et al.) and the French avant-garde, Nolan represents a unique voice among his Northern California contemporaries. His verse reflects the relative remoteness of his physical environment, along the lower reaches of the Russian River in Sonoma County, and his relative obscurity as a literary figure, contributing to the refined and refreshing originality of his poetry.”
—Steven Lavoie, Oakland Public Library Favorite Books of 2019
Pat Nolan’s poems, prose, and translations have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the US and Canada as well as in Europe and Asia. He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and two novels. He also maintains Parole, the blog for the New Black Bart Poetry Society, and is co-founder of Nualláin House, Publishers.
Selected Poems Volume II
by Pat Nolan
—Spring 2019~$16~225pages~paper~ISBN 978-0-9840310-8-5—
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