David Cope’s Books
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Quiet Lives (1983) with Foreword by Allen Ginsberg . 88 pages.
The Bridge (1986), 1988 Award in literature,
Fragments from the Stars (1990). 119 pages.
Coming Home (1993). 119 pages.
Silences for Love (1998) 119 pages.
Turn the Wheel (2003), 88 pages.
Masks of Six Decades (2010), 38 pages
Testimony for Cope’s Work
“I have been much absorbed in David Cope’s poetry as necessary continuation of tradition of lucid grounded sane objectivism in poetry following the visually solid practice of Charles Reznikoff & William Carlos Williams. . . . In this area of phanopoeiac ‘focus,’ the sketching of particulars by which a motif is recognizably significant, David Cope has made, by the beginning of his third decade, the largest body of such work that I know of among poets of his own generation. . . . His poems seem made out of vivid details he saw out of corner of his eye—precise sketches, concise form.”
“I salute your compassionate realism.”
“D.C.’s intensive clear details always a pleasure . . . very solid clear human texts.”
“The news that stays news is the modus operandi. . . . bracing, smart, tight, perfectly greased works, luminous and poignant by turn. I enjoy Cope’s stretch from familial to sublime and his consummate poet’s generous heart.”
“Beyond having a marvelous eye, his mastery of phrasing at times seems to peel the skin from his subjects. The poems become transcendent when they begin to dwell on his favorite subject—the human gesture.”
“David Cope’s poetry reaches into true silence and from that place within himself derives its indelible sanity of gothic dreams, direct musicality, sustained multiple resonance, objectivist heart, vernacular ear. His work is a paradox of detached lyricism confronting the abysses of his soul.”
“Cope renders the particulars of each scene with a striking intensity . . . full of insight and feeling.”