Sunday, November 15, 2009

Stephen Ratcliffe: Reading the Unseen


Stephen Ratcliffe has published a Shakespeare study with Counterpath Press of Denver, which will issue Beyond the Court Gate: Selected Poems of Nguyen Trai, edited and translated by Nguyen Do and me, in Spring 2010.

Reading the Unseen: (Offstage) Hamlet is now out from Counterpath Press. 216 pages. ISBN 978-1933996141. $17.95. Order from Counterpath (http://www.counterpathpress.org/aupgs/ratcliffe/ratcliffe.html) or Small Press Distribution (http://www.spdbooks.org/).

"Stephen Ratcliffe’s beautiful meditation on what does not happen in Hamlet offers a fascinating view of the play, focusing on the unperformable but nevertheless essential action, recounted events, the actions that words create and that remain words, but that also enable and explain the business of the drama. This book will be compulsive reading for anyone who cares about Shakespeare." — Stephen Orgel

"Stephen Ratcliffe’s new study of Hamlet is nothing short of a small miracle. A poet’s 'language book’ . . . for all seasons and all readers.” — Marjorie Perloff

"What's unseen but said's as consequent as what's apparent but unspoken, as Stephen Ratcliffe shows in this beguilingly original study. Shakespeare's words perform for an inner eye we overlook at pleasure's peril." — Charles Bernstein

“This book does the best job I have seen at showing just how Shakespeare gave shape to what we now know as the modern imagination. Written by a poet, and a very powerful one, it will benefit anyone who has ever looked at the Prince of Denmark and wondered Who’s there?” — Ron Silliman

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9 Comments:

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Cioara Andrei said...

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At 11:37 PM, Blogger luckyless said...

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At 5:25 PM, Blogger TURKEYBREATH said...

Dear paul- lost my lengthy comment somehow with the flick of an errant finger. You were such an influence in my writing. may I please please send you my latest collection of short stories and poems? Idon't expect any work on your part- I just want you to see how you touched me as a teacher.

alum: 1982 laurelmountainloki@gmail.com

thanks, amy

 
At 8:06 AM, Blogger Paul Hoover said...

Dear Amy: Thanks very much for your message. Please do send me your book at Creative Writing Department, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway, SF, CA 94132.

 

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