Dome of the Hidden Pavilion: New Poems (Paperback)
The seventeenth book of verse from one of America’s finest and most acclaimed contemporary poets—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
Capturing his inimitable voice—provocative, amusing, understated, and riotous all at once—the poems in Dome of the Hidden Pavilion demonstrate James Tate at his finest. Innovative and fresh, they range in subject from a talking blob to a sobering reminiscence of a war and its aftereffects.
Though they are diverse in scope, a theme of dialogue and communication—and often miscommunication—links these poems. Accessible yet subtly surrealist, filled with dark wit, dry humor, and a deceptive simplicity, Dome of the Hidden Pavilion confirms Tate’s continuing relevance as one of the most celebrated American poets of the modern age.
James Tate's poems have been awarded the National Book Award, the Pulitzer
Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, the Yale
Younger Poets Award, and the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and
have been translated across the globe. Tate was a member of the American
Academy of Arts and Letters; his many collections include The Lost Pilot, The
Oblivion Ha-Ha, Absences, Distance from Loved Ones, Worshipful Company
of Fletchers, and The Ghost Soldiers. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he made his
home in Pelham, Massachusetts.
“Dome is Tate at his restless, relentless best - leaving many questions unanswered, and no answer unquestioned.” — Boston Globe
“The rare American poet who managed to make poems that were at once fanciful and grave, mundane and transcendent. . . . His work is singular in American poetry for marrying goofball humor and childish jouissance to a lyricism that never seems cheap or self-serious-an unusual achievement.” — New York Times Book Review