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Author: Michael Casey OCSO
ISBN: 0300015488
Language: English
Pages: 64 pages
Category: Poetry
Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (July 1, 1977)
Rating: 4.7
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Michael Casey (born 1947) is an American poet of Armenian descent. His first collection, Obscenities, was chosen by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Michael Casey (born 1947) is an American poet of Armenian descent.

Michael Casey is a workingman's poet, a grunt poet that humped the boonies and made it back to let us know his visons of the The first significant book of poems by an American to spring from the war in Vietnam. Michael Casey is a natural and frugal storyteller, his honesty shines through, and he listens. How beautifully he listens, and what a fine ear for speech patterns. Michael Casey is a workingman's poet, a grunt poet that humped the boonies and made it back to let us know his visons of the worlds he has met with and what may be important for the future. Right on, Michael Casey,.

Michael Casey is a workingman's poet, a grunt poet that humped the boonies and made it back to let us know his visons of the worlds he has met with and what may be important for the future.

A reissuing of Obscenities, the debut collection of poems by Michael Casey. Casey reads like a kind of odd cross between Mark Twain and T. S. Eliot, in that his spare lines encompass the many dialects across which he ran during his time in-country.

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Michael Casey (born 1947 in Lowell, Massachusetts) is an American poet. After graduating college in 1968, Casey was drafted into the . His stay at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri provided the material and setting for the later book, The Million Dollar Hole; his work as military police officer in Vietnam's Quang Ngai province is rendered in his debut collection, Obscenities. Casey kept a few books with him while in the military: Alan Dugan's Poems, . Salinger's Nine Stories, and a text on thermodynamics.

Obscenities (Younger Poets). Michael Casey returns with another book of military-fueled poetry, thirty years after the buzzsaw that was Obscenities, which was chosen for the 1972 Yale Series of Younger Poets award (and remains, to my knowledge, the best-selling volume in the history of that august series). It would likely be somewhat flip to compare Casey to James Jones, but I kept coming back to the comparison; where Obscenities was Casey's The Thin Red Line, The Million Dollar Hole is From Here to Eternity, but without Deborah Kerr around.

Michael Casey (born in Lowell, Massachusetts,1947) is American poet of Armenian descent. After graduating college he was drafted into the . Army and his stay at Fort Leonardwood (Missouri) provided the background for the later book (The Million Dollar Hole). In 1972 Stanley Kunitz selected Obscenities, Casey’s poetry concerning the Vietnam War, because few books appeared from inside the war zone. He was artillery fire direction computer in Vietnam, serving in the Mekong Delta. He now lives in California.

Michael Casey (given birth to 1947) can be an American poet of Armenian descent. His first collection, Obscenities, was chosen by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Group of Younger Poets. Early life and education. Michael Casey was created in 1947 in Lowell, Massachusetts. in Physics from Lowell Technological Institute in 1968 where he had taken a class using the poet and critic William Aiken. Casey served being a army policeman in america Military from 1968 to 1970. He offered in Fort Leonard Hardwood, Missouri, and in Vietnam before you begin a MS in physics at SUNY Buffalo.

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Obscenities (Yale Series of Younger Poets). Are you sure you want to remove Obscenities (Yale Series of Younger Poets) from your list? Contributors. Foreword Stanley Kunitz. Obscenities (Yale Series of Younger Poets). Published 1972 by Yale University Press in New Haven, CT. Written in English.

Comments (5)
Gir
I buy copies of this book of short poems to hand out to friends.

Read the poem on the cover. It will give you the flavor of the whole book.
Whitegrove
Michael Casey, Obscenities (Yale, 1972)

Casey, the 1972 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award (judged and introduced by Stanley Kunitz) offers up what Kunitz believes is the first artistic comment on the Vietnam War. Solely on that merit, the book demands close scrutiny. Casey reads like a kind of odd cross between Mark Twain and T. S. Eliot, in that his spare lines encompass the many dialects across which he ran during his time in-country. Eventually, though, the mind and the ear both tire of the unending stream of dialect and wish for one of the very few poems here (I recall two) in which Casey reverts to non-dialect-spelling English and flashes the ability to put words together that so obviously impressed Kunitz:

Her back is arched
Like something's under it
That's why I thought
It was booby-trapped
But it's not
It just must have been
Over this rock here
And somebody moved it...

Casey, like most of the Yale Series, definitely had some raw talent, and it would have been interesting to see what became of him. Unfortunately, also like many of the Yale Series, it looks as if Casey may never have published another book. ** 1/2
Usanner
The previous reviewer bemoaned the disappearance of Michael Casey. At the risk of starting an "Elvis Sighting" type phenomenon, I just saw him last night. He was at a "Poets for Peace" reading at the old North Church in Portsmouth NH last night [November 13, 2001]. I absolutely love his style. Gone are all the gooey and fay poetisms, all the 'delicate flower' stuff of the past. Here is a guy who refines each poem until it is as true to the way people are and the way people speak as possible. *I* should be so true to my ears! And, in case you're interested in pursuing things, his other books are: The Army at War, Millrat, and the brand new book he had at the reading last night: Million Dollar Hole. Such an Irish mensch you won't believe!
Ximathewi
I have not read 'Obscenities' on the page, but was fortunate to hear Casey read from it, and other works (Mill Rat, Million Dollar Hole) this past Friday night at the 2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Lowell. Listening to him read his own work was wonderful: I found myself smiling, guffawing out loud, and impressed with the simplicity of his language and the honest irony it almost effortlessly produces. I can't compare him with other poets in terms of composition, but I can say that he is one of the more accessible and effective poets that I have ever heard recite their own works. He has none of the deliberate musicality of Robert Pinsky, no need for the electronic accompaniment that Anne Waldmann has integrated into her work, and is not guilty of the unnatural poetic voice that so many writers assume when reading in public. He is clear, direct, and almost apologetic in tone: he is a draught of spring water, from the source. I plan to acquire and read all of his work.
JoJolar
I FIRST READ THIS BOOK SOON AFTER PUBLICATION. I WAS NEVER WITHOUT IT UNTIL I LOANED IT TO THE WRONG PERSON. I HAVE MISSED IT EVER SINCE. IT IS POETRY IN ITS MOST HONEST FORM. IT INTERWEAVES AN OPIUM-LIKE NARRATION WITH STUNNING BRUTALITY. IT GIVES US A SNEAK-PEAK OF THE TRAUMA OF WAR AND THE CONFUSION OF THIS PARTICULAR WAR, VIETNAM. IT SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING IN EVERY HIGH SCHOOL IN THE WORLD! MICHAEL CASEY IS THE EVERYMAN'S GENIUS.

M. VINCENT SAVAGE