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The Revisionist and The Astropastorals

Collected Poems


This is such anticipatory, massively omniscient edging work.

— Eileen Myles

Marks a lasting contribution to American poetry.

– Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • Named a Book of the Year 2019 by Jeremy Noel-Tod in the Times Literary Supplement.
  • Named a Book of the Year 2019 by Albert Mobilio in Hyperallergic.

For various reasons, The Revisionist has stood as Crase's sole book of poems for nearly forty years, and has long been out-of-print. Fortunately, it has just been reissued in a new edition by Nightboat Books, now gathered together with a more recent work titled The Astropastorals.

–Andrew Epstein, Locus Solus

  • The Revisionist was Named a Notable Book of the Year 1981 by The New York Times.
  • Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award.
  • Awarded the Witter Bynner Prize in Poetry from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
  • The Astropastorals was named a Book of the Year 2017 by Mark Ford in the Times Literary Supplement.

I can’t think of a better time to revisit the poems in The Revisionist, which now seem prophetic.

— Susan Howe

Crase looks at the city and the landscape with the amused, disabused eye of a lover.

— John Ashbery

One of the most important poets of his generation.

— Roger Gilbert, Oxford Companion to 20th-century Poetry in English