Green and Gray (Magill's Literary Annual 2008)
As part of the New California Poetry series, Green and Gray adds to the remarkable variety that has exemplified the series since its inception in 2000. While there were no volumes in the series published in 2001, in every other year since 2000 the series has published three collections each year. Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s first collection, The Guns and Flags Project, was published in 2002. This volume also was part of the New California Poetry series, which is run under the editorship of Robert Hass, Calvin Bedient, Brenda Hillman, and Forrest Gander. In addition to Green and Gray, the other two volumes published in the series during 2007 are Steve Willard’s Harm and Ron Silliman’s The Age of Huts (Compleat). Over the years, the series has published such noteworthy poets as Fanny Howe, Mark Levine, Carol Snow, and Harryette Mullen. Each in their own way, these poets have proven themselves to be fresh and stimulating poetic voices for the twenty-first century. It is high praise indeed to be included in such a select group of bold poets and, therefore, the reader should approach O’Brien’s new collection with anticipation.
O’Brien gained recognition for his meditative first collection. For this volume, he was compared to such American poetic giants as Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery. While the poems of The Guns and Flags Project are dense creations in the tradition of the Language poets, they...
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