Hell, I Love Everybody: The Essential James Tate: Poems (Ecco Essentials) (Paperback)
An essential collection of James Tate’s extraordinary poems that will captivate today’s readers, with a foreword by Terrance Hayes
Celebrating James Tate’s work as it transcends convention, time, and everything that tells us, “No, you can’t do that,” Hell, I Love Everybody gives us the poet at his best, his most intimate, hopeful, inventive, and brilliant. John Ashbery called Tate the “poet of possibilities,” and this collection records forays into possibilities for American poetry’s future. With a foreword by Terrance Hayes, it is sure to give readers new and old a lasting collection of favorites.
James Tate's poems have been awarded the National Book Award, the Pulitzer
Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, the Yale
Younger Poets Award, and the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and
have been translated across the globe. Tate was a member of the American
Academy of Arts and Letters; his many collections include The Lost Pilot, The
Oblivion Ha-Ha, Absences, Distance from Loved Ones, Worshipful Company
of Fletchers, and The Ghost Soldiers. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he made his
home in Pelham, Massachusetts.
"The poems of James Tate will keep speaking to people for a very long time into the future, because they never stop caring and never stop having fun. They are, to my ear, lovely verbal reminders that everything should be regarded as mysterious and dear." — George Saunders, author of Liberation Day and Lincoln in the Bardo
“A brilliant collection of poems from one of the most singular minds ever to have graced the page. Not only does this book exemplify Tate's unmatched imagination, but it also celebrates his intelligence, tenderness, and attention. This book is an absolute must-read for any poetry lover.” — Ada Limón, author of The Carrying and Bright Dead Things
"Quintessential poems by virtuoso of absurdity Tate are woven into a whimsical, rollicking, and utterly jarring retrospective that showcases an unparalleled mind...Tenacious, surreal, impish, and soul mending, these poems invite the reader into a transcendent world." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)