Somebody Stand Up and Sing
Winner of the 2004 Green Rose Prize
“Hugh Seidman’s flexible, deft prosody, and his wry, bittersweet address to the sad, foolish predicaments of contemporary American life, are proof, yet again, of his importance. In an age of what Henry James called ‘tremendous trash,’ his work fairly shines with authenticity and integrity.”
“An American original and even stronger than that, these last four decades, till these poems anchored by their extreme facts and debris-like assembling remind us of who this man Seidman has always been becoming, this maker made by his irreducible materials.”
Hugh Seidman was born in Brooklyn (NY). His books have won several awards including: The Green Rose Prize (Somebody Stand Up and Sing), the Yale Younger Poets Prize (Collecting Evidence), and the Camden Poetry Award (People Live, They Have Lives). His Selected Poems: 1965-1995 received a 1995 Critics’ Choice “Best Books” citation and was chosen as one of the “25 Favorite Books of 1995” byThe Village Voice. He has also won three New York State poetry grants (NYFA and CAPS) and three National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowships. Seidman has taught writing at the University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Columbia University, the College of William and Mary, and the New School University– among other institutions.