Tony Towle

     and Other Poems

Sun/Coach House South
80 pages
Cover by Robert Motherwell.

Another young poet who began his career in the ‘60s, and was singled out at that time by Frank O’Hara as one of the few to be watched, is Tony Towle. . . . Associated for all the usually incorrect, or at least incorrectly perceived, reasons with “The New York School,” Towle’s work stands quite solidly on its own. . . . O’Hara does crop up in a few of these works, but unlike so many of the late poet’s imitators, or those who use his name and growing legend to enhance their own reputations, Towle’s references to O’Hara and his work are always pertinent and controlled by Towle’s distinct voice and distinguishing intellect.


— Michael Lally, The Washington Post Book World, January 1, 1978



The majority of the works in this collection contain a subtle passion, balanced by a clarity and a straightforwardness which tell us exactly what Towle has on his mind. But at the same time the poet’s craft, his effective use of language’s inherent ambiguities, tends to thicken the plot. The thoughts, ideas, and associations which set off his poetical musings are finely orchestrated with an inventive, meticulously mellifluous quirkiness à la Prokofiev, sans angst. This is a book which, once you’ve finished reading it, makes you go and pick up Towle’s North and read that again, then his Lines for the New Year and read that again, and then you wish there were more.


— Art Lange, The Poetry Project Newsletter, March 1978



If Mr. [Richard] Hugo can be said to overstate, Tony Towle can be said to hold back or undercut through irony and wry humor. He uses the banal and elegant with equal style in an inflated rhetoric of logically bizarre metaphors . . .


— Hugh Seidman, The New York Times Book Review, May 14, 1978

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