Tony Towle

Works on Paper
Swollen Magpie Press
32 pages
Cover by Larry Rivers.

The front cover [by Larry Rivers] is a sketch of the interior of an Italian Renaissance cathedral into which is set a color photo of the poet leaning his head on his left hand and staring out with a look not so much of wisdom as of confidence that at least he knows as much as the rest of us and knows the price he paid for that knowledge. . . . Tony once told me that no one should expect to appreciate a poem in a single reading [hearing]. He is not at all afraid to lose impatient readers.


— Fred Bauman, Home Planet News, Vol. 1, No. 5, 1980



This book brings together Towle’s best work, which is to say some of the best poems written in America today. His lyricism, whether severe or celebratory, is always amazing and often amusing; but it’s a sense of play with a serious purpose, wit cast like a light on complex emotions and complex times, on a couple of decades of life and art in New York.


— Paul Violi

The poet revising "Works on Paper" at D'Arcangelo farm at
Kenoza Lake, New York, March 1973.

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Copyright © 2004 by Tony Towle. All rights reserved.
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