When John Ashbery read some of Chris Edgar’s poems for the 2000 Boston Review Poetry Prize, he noted that they were “…full of known earthly places like the Sahara, ‘Old Russia,’ and Heathrow Airport, jumbled together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle map of the world. Yet there is a secret to the confusion. Art, artifacts, things, and people partake of each other’s humanity and objecthood.… Edgar’s poems are unlike any I’ve ever read: deep, beautiful, and laugh-out-loud funny.”
Christopher Edgar is the author of At Port Royal (Adventures in Poetry), Cheap Day Return (chapbook, with illustrations by Trevor Winkfield, The Cube Press), and the translator of Tolstoy as Teacher: Leo Tolstoy’s Writings on Education (T&W Books). His latest collection won Edgar the 2000 Boston Review Poetry Prize and a 2003 award from The Greenwall Fund of the Academy of American Poets. Edgar’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2000 and 2001, Fence, Mississippi Review, Shiny, and The Germ. He also worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, translating Russian texts and facilitating translation problems as an editor of official reports.
Adventures in Poetry began publishing in 1968 as a mimeographed “little magazine,” and continued through 1976 with individual pamphlets, featuring work by Ted Berrigan, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bernadette Mayer, Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Anne Waldman, and many others. After a long hiatus, it began publishing books by established and new innovative writers that are available exclusively through Zephyr Press.
At Port Royal
At Port Royal
“Art, artifacts, things, and people partake of each other’s humanity and objecthood. Everything is sympathetically alive, part of an encompassing order. Edgar’s poems are unlike any I’ve ever read: deep, beautiful, and laugh-out-loud funny.”— John Ashbery
Beginning with one of John Ashbery's 10 favorite poems of all time ("Birthday"), At Port Royal is the long-awaited first collection of Christopher Edgar's lyrics. From a set of "Possible Gothams" to "War in a Mousetrap," Edgar proposes numerous numinous possibilities for being, based on a form of exchange the book invents as it goes: "If we trade in this grisalle world, can we get something celadon, or perhaps the mint green of China?” — Publishers Weekly