AARON KRAMER

                          WICKED TIMES: SELECTED POEMS

                            EDITED AND WITH A BIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION AND NOTES BY

                                                CARY NELSON AND DONALD GILZINGER JR

Wicked Times is the work of Aaron Kramer, a major, versatile American poet passionately engaged with everything from the
Holocaust and the Spanish Civil War to his love for New York City and his wife. The editors argue that his long poem sequence,
Denmark Vesey
, stands as the most ambitious poem about African American history ever written by a white American. Wicked
Times
includes previously unpublished poems and the first detailed account of Kramer's life, along with photos and extensive
explanatory notes.

Aaron Kramer (1921-97) is the author of The Alarm Clock, Denmark Vesey and Other Poems, The Burning Bush, and Indigo among
other volumes.  He is the editor of On Freedom's Side: An Anthology of American Poems of Protest and the translator of A Century
 of Yiddish Poetry
. His poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals, newspapers, and anthologies.

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                                                                                                Barbara Kingsolver, author of The Poisonwood Bible and Prodigal Summer,
                                                                                                says In discovering the beauty and breadth of Aaron Kramer's life work as a
                                                                                                writer of passion and social conscience, I feel I am finding a kindred spirit.

                                                                                 Pete Seeger says I loved the man and his poems. He was the revolutionary
                                                                                 angel of American poetry.

                                                                                  William Heyen, author of Erika: Poems of the Holocaust calls Kramer A poet
                                                                                   of relentless integrity and moral fervor.

                                                                                   Alan Filreis, author of Modernism from Right to Left, says Now the real joy
                                                                                   Kramer took from poetry can finally be shared by his readers.

                                                                                                   Alan Wald, author of Exiles from a Future Time, describes Wicked Times as
                                                                                                   A collection that inspires both admiration and gratitude in a reader. The
                                                                                                   neglected poet Aaron Kramer was an artist of considerable substance, and
                                                                                                   this volume performs an invaluable service to U.S. cultural history by
                                                                                                   restoring Kramer
s work to print in a form that showcases the breadth and
                                                                                                   depth of his achievement.

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