A meditative landscape
populated and depopulated by real and allegorical episodes. It
jolts us out of our habits and into play among meanings. We participate
new experience out of the language, out of realizing its place in
Stephen Rodefer's books of poetry include Four Lectures (The
Figures, 1981, co-winner
of the San Francisco Poetry Center Award) and Emergency Measures
(The Figures, 1987).
He has also translated Villon, Sappho and selections from the Greek
"Very SOLID, GREAT and useful satiric ploy with
bedrock concerns. Grab Four Lectures,
it's possibly the last real sense you'll be offered."
"Part carnival, part war, the clamor of the world is loud in
these works, submitted by a
rigorous and passionate intellect to the clarifies which only language
can yield from details
this fast and dense. Philosopher-harlequin, the poet speaks plainly,
having just now invented
the line. What other writer can give us this much of the real?"
"Brilliant and melancholy elegies ... complex
--San Francisco Review of Books
"I've read Villon three times in one day and it is superb!"
"Rodefer's stanzas are crammed full of the inconvenient baggage
of everyday life, a future
archaeologist's dream ... startling and original, they are the veritable
--Imre Salusenszky, Times Literary Supplement