GOOD NEWS: WOOD-RIDGE (Dec. 27, 2007) — Wood-Ridge Memorial Library’s director, John Trause, has a new book of his own to add to his library’s shelves. Trause released his latest collection of poetry, entitled “Seriously Serial” on Dec. 3.
— Dana Rapisardi, The Leader
Click here to read Reporter Dana Rapisardi's interview of John J. Trause that appeared in the New Jersey paper The Leader on December 27th, 2007
Poems by John J. Trause
Soft Cover, Saddle Stitched, 22pp
$8.00 (+ $1.50 S&H)
John Trause is unique: a classicist who loves pop. His poems capture our desire to mock and at the same learn every juicy detail of pseudo-celebrity (Edie Sedgwick, Doris Duke, Gov. McGreevey) with all the classical style of Plato writing about Atlantis. He is our generation's undiscovered T.S. Eliot.
Don't trust the adverb in the title. You never can tell if John is serious or not. His deeply shallow poems are simultaneously extravagant and poker-faced.
These poems are the ideal mixture of gravitas and fun. Trause is able to encompass doubt, and art, the Holy Land, celebrity and much more in these refined lyrics. The spirit of play moves through even the most serious of these poems.
Credit: Jill Greenberg
He manifested himself amid the
manifestos of the Nuyorican,
slender and tender, a reed bent
but not broken at the confluence
of the Red and Assiniboine,
muddy waters of Winnipeg,
weathered by life along the Hudson.
By the waters of the Passaic dashing
on the rocks below, you rock.
By the lazy currents of Tan-shui and
Chi-lung, you rock.
By the Narrows of Saint John’s, you rock
and flow and go with the flow,
cyber-singing on the ethernet,
here now, now gone,
there in that bit of cybertext
silent, there in the flickering
still, evanescing here now,
in the stillness, ethereal there
tuning to the music of the spheres.
JOHN J. TRAUSE RAPS IN MIDDLE ENGLISH [Video Credit: David Silverman]
John J. Trause doing "The Canterbury Rap" with Zayid Blackmore
at the 40th birthday party of Donald Zirilii on Sunday, July 30, 2006.
John has been performing this since 1981
(YouTube.com, October 10, 2006)