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A novelist, essayist, translator, and poet of remarkable breadth, Paul Auster has assembled a body of work that richly links subjectivity, intricate plot, and deeply felt observations of urban life. White Spaces: Selected Poems and Early Prose, recently published with New Directions, brings to us Auster's magnificent early writings, and show how the particular rhythms and attention of his poems have especially inflected his instantly recognizable work. In the poems' music, mind-drift, and connective regard for detail, we find the symmetries of highly textured internal and external experience which characterize his sense of composition.