Imaginary Paintings: poems
© 1989
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"These are the poems of an intelligence almost successfully resisted, committed to ordinary heartbreak and the American sublime as it passes over into the American depression. As Baxter sees it, there is only too much there there, and it gives his poems their unforgettable edge, like an oyster gone crisp. If you start with "The Last String Quartet of Arnold Schoenberg," you will not be able to stop before you have made your way to the first one, not in this book but sweeter for being unheard." --Richard Howard

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