The Feast of Icarus: Memoir & Myth


Samuel Hazo’s voice is distinctive in contemporary American poetry. In some sixty years of writing, he has produced thirty collections praised by critics and fellow poets. In The Feast of Icarus, this master of the lyric turns to prose poems as he surveys his life and art. In more than a hundred blocks of type – each alive with sensation and good sense – Hazo gives voice to a whole life, with all its ordinary love, labor, desire, and grief.

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“On page after page, these poems in prose (proems) by Samuel Hazo will say things to readers – and especially poets – that they will relish and remember.”

– Richard Wilbur, former U.S. Poet Laureate,
two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“Samuel Hazo has been a constant and positive presence in the American poetry world for more than half a century.”

– Dana Gioia, Poet Laureate of California,
former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts



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