Dazed in the Ladies Lounge (2011 ebook)
Author: John Tranter
Format: Kindle Edition
Publisher: Jacket Press
Release Date: April 18, 2011
Dazed in the Ladies Lounge is John Tranter’s sixth book of poetry, published by Island Press in 1979. It is reproduced here in a form as close to the original printing as possible, with the original page numbers in [square brackets].
“He may be kidding himself — the affectations of the younger Tranter are still evident in the techniques and ‘subjects’ of ‘Radio Traffic 1–4’ and other poems — but the will is there, and the mere fact that his poignant elegies for lost, discarded or transcended mentors come across as clearly as they do both confirms that very jettison or transcendence, and attests a preoccupation now more with the message than, as of old, with imitation of the static which prevents it.
“Tranter has been lyrical and elegiac before. He was very much so in Crying in Early Infancy. But there the emotions were disembodied, without clear referents.
“In Dazed they are almost enacted, and the impressive care and erudition with which they are presented is cohesive and often forms a readable and persuasive discourse. These poems can and must be read for far more than their mood and texture. The poet has become in this way generous, and more useful to us.” (David Brooks, 1981)