From Now On
New and Selected Poems, 1970–2015

Clarence Major

A new collection of poems from a visionary artist on love, space, power, war, experience, and time


“Over the years, I have come to believe that Clarence Major is one of the most significant American poets of the past two decades. Educated as a painter . . . from the outset he brought to poetry the understanding of scale, surface, and palette. . . . His work [is] also linguistically innovative. . . . His is a catholic but intellectually and aesthetically rigorous practice.”
—Susan Wheeler

“For half a century, Clarence Major has been writing poems of remarkable revelation, rare insight, sophisticated lyricism, and authentic joy in the world. I return to his work to be uplifted, inspired—to be caught up in his exacting language and to enter the enduring dance of his elegantly inquisitive soul. My gratitude for this work is boundless.”
—Sam Hamill

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Clarence Major is a consummate artist whose work in poetry, fiction, and painting has been widely recognized. He has been part of twenty-eight group exhibitions, has had fifteen one-man shows, and has published fourteen collections of poetry and nine works of fiction. Major’s works—and this collection in particular—are distinguished by his poetic sociability and his unblinking but generous and affectionate portraiture.

In From Now On, a retrospective of poems from the 1950s to the present—including selections from each of Major’s previous books of poetry as well as a generous selection of new poems—Major creates a vivid gallery of nimbly drawn characters. Here he establishes a voice that is singular and musical, one that draws witty, moving, and empathetic portraits of African American urban and country dwellers. Ultimately, this collection maintains Major’s intimate, conversational poetry while simultaneously becoming more eclectic, multicultural, and cosmopolitan. Major’s poetry is affable, but it suggests an insistence that we can connect with history and social change through the dynamic lives of the people we encounter daily.

Page count: 376
Trim size: 6 x 9


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Clarence Major is a prizewinning poet, painter, and novelist. He is the author of thirteen previous books of poetry. As a finalist for a National Book Award he won a bronze medal for his book Configurations: New and Selected Poems, 1958–1998. Among other awards he is also the recipient of a National Council on the Arts Award, a New York Cultural Foundation Award, and the Stephen Henderson Poetry Award for Outstanding Achievement, all three for poetry. His poetry has appeared in hundreds of anthologies and periodicals, in English and in foreign languages. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Davis.