West of Yesterday, East of Summer: New and Selected Poems, 1973-1993

West of Yesterday, East of Summer: New and Selected Poems, 1973-1993

Paul Monette / Jul 24, 2019

West of Yesterday East of Summer New and Selected Poems Paul Monette began his writing life as a poet For ten years he worked exclusively in that genre producing two much admired collections The Carpenter at the Asylum and No Witnesses Monette

  • Title: West of Yesterday, East of Summer: New and Selected Poems, 1973-1993
  • Author: Paul Monette
  • ISBN: 9780312136161
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • Paul Monette began his writing life as a poet For ten years he worked exclusively in that genre, producing two much admired collections, The Carpenter at the Asylum 1975 and No Witnesses 1981 Monette then turned to writing novels and did not return to poetry until almost a decade later, when AIDS cut down his lover, Roger Horwitz Sporadically during Roger s twenty mPaul Monette began his writing life as a poet For ten years he worked exclusively in that genre, producing two much admired collections, The Carpenter at the Asylum 1975 and No Witnesses 1981 Monette then turned to writing novels and did not return to poetry until almost a decade later, when AIDS cut down his lover, Roger Horwitz Sporadically during Roger s twenty month illness, Monette began to experiment with a form that would express the careening anxiety and the overwhelming sense of exile that had engulfed the two men After Roger died in 1986, Monette wrote a stunning series of elegies for his friend, a monumental and wholly original effusion of the fury and madness of grief Those elegies appeared from St Martin s Press in 1988 as Love Alone 18 Elegies for Rog, garnering many awards and changing the face of AIDS in literature Since then he has written a varied group of poems, some formal, some in a torrent of language reminiscent of Love Alone In West of Yesterday, East of Summer, this impressive body of work has been brought together to reveal the extraordinary diversity of his career as a poet, from the sublime to the heroic Monette has provided an illuminating Introduction which places the work in context and challenges the very idea of what poetry is for.

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        Interviews wiredforbooks paulmoneDocumentary On Brink of Summer s End 1996youtu Xh6e6LCwIEoOnline Guide to Paul Monette s papers at UCLA findaid.oaclib findaid In novels, poetry, and a memoir, Paul Monette wrote about gay men striving to fashion personal identities and, later, coping with the loss of a lover to AIDS.Monette was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1945 He was educated at prestigious schools in New England Phillips Andover Academy and Yale University, where he received his B.A in 1967 He began his prolific writing career soon after graduating from Yale For eight years, he wrote poetry exclusively.After coming out in his late twenties, he met Roger Horwitz, who was to be his lover for over twenty years Also during his late twenties, he grew disillusioned with poetry and shifted his interest to the novel, not to return to poetry until the 1980s.In 1977, Monette and Horwitz moved to Los Angeles Once in Hollywood, Monette wrote a number of screenplays that, though never produced, provided him the means to be a writer Monette published four novels between 1978 and 1982 These novels were enormously successful and established his career as a writer of popular fiction He also wrote several novelizations of films.Monette s life changed dramatically when Roger Horwitz was diagnosed with AIDS in the early 1980s After Horwitz s death in 1986, Monette wrote extensively about the years of their battles with AIDS Borrowed Time, 1988 and how he himself coped with losing a lover to AIDS Love Alone, 1988 These works are two of the most powerful accounts written about AIDS thus far.Their publication catapulted Monette into the national arena as a spokesperson for AIDS Along with fellow writer Larry Kramer, he emerged as one of the most familiar and outspoken AIDS activists of our time Since very few out gay men have had the opportunity to address national issues in mainstream venues at any previous time in U.S history, Monette s high visibility profile was one of his most significant achievements He went on to write two important novels about AIDS, Afterlife 1990 and Halfway Home 1991 He himself died of AIDS related complications in 1995.In his fiction, Monette unabashedly depicts gay men who strive to fashion personal identities that lead them to love, friendship, and self fulfillment His early novels generally begin where most coming out novels end his protagonists have already come to terms with their sexuality long before the novels projected time frames Monette has his characters negotiate family relations, societal expectations, and personal desires in light of their decisions to lead lives as openly gay men.Two major motifs emerge in these novels the spark of gay male relations and the dynamic alternative family structures that gay men create for themselves within a homophobic society These themes are placed in literary forms that rely on the structures of romance, melodrama, and fantasy.Monette s finest novel, Afterlife, combines the elements of traditional comedy and the resistance novel it is the first gay novel written about AIDS that fuses personal love interests with political activism.Monette s harrowing collection of deeply personal poems, Love Alone 18 Elegies for Rog, conveys both the horrors of AIDS and the inconsolable pain of love lost The elegies are an invaluable companion to Borrowed Time.Before the publication and success of his memoir, Becoming a Man, it seemed inevitable that Monette would be remembered most for his writings on AIDS Becoming a Man, however, focuses on the dilemmas of growing up gay It provides at once an unsparing account of the nightmare of the closet and a moving and often humorous depiction of the struggle to come out Becoming a Man won the 1992 National Book Award for nonfiction, a historical moment in the history


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    1. This volume contains a selection of poems by Paul Monette. The first part of the book titled 'New Poems 1987 -1993', has a selection of 11 poems. Then follows a selection of poems from the volume 'Love Alone', poems from 'No Witnesses' and poems from 'Carpenter at the Asylum.'Paul Monette is one of my favourite writers. Both his fiction and his poetry are deeply emotional and powerful, and still stand as a prophetic voice calling for justice and dignity twenty years after his death. I don't alwa [...]


    2. This book includes a selection of his work from some earlier books; but the main bulk here are the poems he wrote after his partner died of AIDS, a series he wrote after the elegies, after he thought he could not write any more. In these he leaves the trappings of grammar in the dust. He was on a train and the speed of his traveling is in the poems. So many beautiful images that are not separated by commas or periods. It is not an easy book to read, each poem needs time, slowness, and then a gri [...]


    3. Both of his autobiographies are far more poetic and powerful than his books of poetry, I find. Nevertheless he was an excellent writer. There is a deep current running through all his work. I must confess I've yet to read his fiction, though I understand it has a trashier pulp pedigree. I look forward to checking that out!


    4. Sadly, only 2 stars for the new poems in this book: the unpunctuated run-on style which Monette so screamingly used in Love Alone, does not work with these lesser new poems. Instead of this book, go read Love Alone in its entirety: that one is a solid 5 stars all the way.


    5. I don't think poetry was really his form. I didn't like the novel I read, but I did like the memoir. He was an interesting figure. Sorry he's gone.


    6. A painful read, filled with daring images from one man's fearless look at acute grief. Not to be forgotten.


    7. I love Mr. Monette's stories but find the poetry rather difficult to read due to the lack of punctuation and run-on sentences. But, read slowly the poems are brilliant.


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