Books by Frederick Seidel

LIFE ON EARTH by Frederick Seidel
Released: April 1, 2001

"It is a trick akin to writing good natural history, and few poets since the ancients have done so well as Seidel does it here."
The second volume in Seidel's projected trilogy, very loosely modeled on the Divine Comedy but with the compass points grimly reversed: in this cosmos we are headed downwards and there is no Virgil to hold our hand. Read full book review >
THE COSMOS POEMS by Frederick Seidel
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Unless a gravitational anomaly is likely to cause your coffee-table to float away into space, you aren't likely to need or want such an expensive tome."
This limited-edition collection of verse and pictures was commissioned by the American Museum of Natural History in New York to inaugurate and celebrate its new planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Read full book review >
GOING FAST by Frederick Seidel
Released: April 1, 1998

"Seidel's kinky sex talk seems old hat; his nomadic narcissism recalls James Salter's recent memoir, or Harold Brodkey at his pretentious worst—all annoying because all are capable of brilliance."
A poet of singular voice and unusual passions, Seidel's sixth volume reverts to a style familiar from his second, Sunrise (1980): gossipy, jet-setty, hipper-than-hip, the words of a man who knows his threads, fast motorcycles, beautiful girls. Read full book review >