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Loose Cannons: Selected Prose

Christopher Middleton

“These thirty-three prose inventions of Christopher Middleton constitute the fourth pillar of an extraordinary literary oeuvre, the other three being his poetry, translations, and literary essays. Whatever one chooses to call these often astonishing miniatures, they are certainly Middleton’s wildest, most accessible, and most entertaining work, and they count as some of his very finest writing.”— August Kleinzahler, Foreword

These uncategorizable writings by a distinguished poet and translator are lively, erudite, and creative. Like his poetry, Middleton’s prose pieces are alive with incongruity, collage, and surprising juxtapositions. This extensive collection is the perfect addition to every student’s, scholar’s, and avid reader’s bookshelf.


Christopher Middleton is the author or editor of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, and he is an award-winning translator of German literature. He is a professor emeritus of German languages and literature at the University of Texas at Austin.


“Middleton’s imaginative prose pieces . . . are in a league of their own. . . . Each of the thirty-three pieces in Loose Cannons contains something marvelous. Each of his sentences is a seamless synthesis of perception, information, and music.”



5.5 x 9.25 in. 152 pages