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A selection of recent poems by a poet of whom James Schuyler wrote: "Wit is never distant from the scenes he invents, a metaphysical wit suggestive of Marvell, and one that is not satirical but informed with pity. His joy in words, and the things words adumbrate, is infectious … enlightenment. To me, he is the most stimulating poet of his generation."


Charles North has published 12 books of poems, including the recent Everything and Other Poems, which was a N.Y. Times New and Noteworthy Book; What It Is Like, which headed NPR's Best Poetry Books of the Year; and the innovative baseball poems Complete Lineups. In addition he has published three books of critical prose; collaborations with artists (most recently Elevenses and En Face with Trevor Winkfield); and he co-edited the poet/painter anthologies Broadway and Broadway 2 with James Schuyler. North has received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, two NEA Fellowships, four Fund for Poetry Awards, and a Poets Foundation Award. 


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.

The Nearness of the Way You Look Tonight

  • The Nearness of the Way You Look Tonight

    Charles North


    52 pages


    ISBN 0-9706250-1-4

  • “Searching the Garden State sky for a poetic source in 'The Philosophy of New Jersey,' veteran suburban surrealist North seems to find the limit of imagination.” — Publishers Weekly


    “Juggling a satiric self-consciousness with a 'strange mischief,' North 'nicer than villains/ Stabler than those with bipolar illness' pulls death-defying propositions and playful mockeries from thin air.” — Publishers Weekly

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