Scarlet Tanager (2005)

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Comprised almost entirely of nowhere-else-collected poems, Scarlet Tanager is a mix of epigrams, long-line free verse, experiments, and sonnets. It is also interspersed with curious, witty translations of Mayer poems into joking, free-style French, which are then re-translated back into English, differing much from the original. The book brims with sheer pleasure and indelible brilliance.

Edwin Frank writes, for the Boston ReviewScarlet Tanager is "a body of work that is as radical as it is Horatian, able as little else is to both delight and instruct.”