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March 14, 2017 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 72 Pages | ISBN 9781619029095
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“A thoroughly engaging collection for a wide range of readers.” —Library Journal

Acclaimed as both a poet and a novelist, Nicholas Christopher began publishing poems in The New Yorker in his early twenties. Since then, he has published eight poetry collections. He has been praised over the years, by poets and critics, as one of America’s most important writers. Reviewing his selected poems, Crossing the Equator, the Washington Post wrote, “To read his richly honed and sensuous work, which has so much tensile strength, is to visit other worlds and then to return to our own disturbed time, but also refreshed and reawakened.”

On Jupiter Place is Christopher’s first book since that collection, and its poems are among his most personal and intimate. A section of beautifully lyric and narrative poems is followed by a series of twenty-one interconnected poems set in Paris. The title poem reads almost like a mini-autobiography of the poet’s earliest experiences — his mother’s near fatal illness, his subsequent life with his grandparents in a multiethnic working-class neighborhood, teeming with characters: a Holocaust survivor who resides next door to a former German-American Bund member, a flashy mobster raises his family across the street from a failing car salesman, a night nurse and a domineering widow. Other poems explore issues of travel, love, loss, and death. Christopher draws on his skills as a novelist to construct his long poems and to assemble the intricate sequences at the heart of his collection.

NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER was born in New York City and educated at Harvard where he studied poetry with Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. He is the author of sixteen books, including the novels VeronicaThe Soloist, and Tiger Rag. His selected poems, Crossing the Equator, was published in 2004, and his first novel for children, The True Adventures of Nicholas Zen, was published last year. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Constance, and teaches at Columbia.


“… Christopher excels at portraiture… Yet satisfyingly, even strikingly, he doesn’t overfreight his poems with fact or description (as some prose writers might), instead producing telescoped lines clear in story and spare in punctuation so that they pour down the page… A thoroughly engaging collection for a wide range of readers.” —Library Journal

“Nicholas Christopher is a fabulist…His fiction often puts me in mind of Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino, two time-travelers who are his great precursors. His poetry tends to build on the work of Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop and James Merrill. Like them, he has a taste for the exotic, the faraway, the displaced, the imaginary.” —Edward Hirsch

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