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Seidel is the great controversialist of American poetry. Dubbed a ‘transgressive adventurer,’ a ‘demonic gentleman,’ a ‘triumphant outsider,’ a ‘great poet of innocence,’ and ‘an example of the dangerous Male of the Species’, his sly, witty and wide-eyed poems seem earnest one moment and flippant the next, and will see him rotating his caustic fire from high-society cocktail parties to street-level poverty, genocide to Obamacare, New York to Syria. He’s never more than a turn-line from humour, and it is often when he is at his funniest that he is also at his most shocking.
The Independent said of his last collection: ‘There is no contemporary poet writing in English as witty, as shrewd, as touching and as debonair as Frederick Seidel. That’s a lot of praise, but he surely merits it.’
Widening Income Inequality, Seidel’s new collection, is a rhymed magnificence of sexual, historical, and cultural exuberance. Rarely has poetry been this dapper, or this dire, or this true.
If the id had an id, and it wrote poetry, the results might sound like Widening Income Inequality . . . Whenever Seidel publishes a book, a portion of his readers recoil in offense, while others celebrate his courage and cunning.'
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