I experience an intense pleasure every time I open Lewis Warsh’s novel A Free Man. I become deeply involved, not so much with the story as with the book itself, something I haven’t experienced since reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. It’s rare to be so enmeshed in reading a novel, and rarer still in one whose sentences you covet, whose words are like precious stones. In the midst of Warsh’s impressive grammatical precision and syntactical mastery, again and again we come across passages that speak directly to all our lives.
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Lewis Warsh is the author of over thirty volumes of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including Out of the Question: Selected Poems 1963-2003 (Station Hill, 2017), One Foot Out the Door: Collected Stories (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), A Place in the Sun (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010) and Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary Books, 2008). He was co-founder, with Bernadette Mayer, of United Artists Magazine and Books. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts, The Poet’s Foundation and The Fund for Poetry. Mimeo Mimeo #7 (2012) was devoted to his poetry, fiction and collages, and to a bibliography of his work as a writer and publisher. He has taught at Naropa University, The Poetry Project, SUNY Albany, Bowery Poetry and Long Island University, where he was director of the MFA program in creative writing from 2007-2013 and where he currently teaches.