Door to the River (2010)
"Ingenious, generous, courageous and keen, Aram Saroyan is a national treasure. From the 1960s through our new century, his work has cast a clear but original eye over the changing landscape of American poetry, to which he has contributed greatly himself."
— Don Share, senior editor of Poetry
Complete Minimal Poems (2007)
"This beautifully designed collection contains a poetry that shivers with itself, like something just born. Anyone interested in art made from words should have it."
—Richard Hell, The New York Times
"The world was not ready when William Carlos Williams first published Kora in Hell in 1920 and the complete version of Spring & All three years later. Those books had a profound impact on American writing...Aram Saroyan's minimal poems were even more of a scandal when they first appeared in the 1960s, foretelling not one, but several of the directions that American poetry would take in their wake...Reading Complete Minimal Poems, we are struck by just how sturdy these poems have proven to be and just how brightly Saroyan's sense of humor shines through these pages. These poems are works of great optimism, and are as radical and strong in 2008 as the day they were written."
—Ron Silliman in his Citation announcing
Complete Minimal Poems
winner of of The Poetry Society of America's
William Carlos Williams Award, April 2008.
ARTISTS IN TROUBLE: NOVELLAS AND STORIES (2002)
"The oxymoron that we know as Hollywood creativity has certainly been skewered by some talented writers, but Saroyan's probing, funny glimpse into that unique universe can stand with the best of them."
"The work of a writer who looks deeply into himself and his own experience, confronts what he finds there with real courage and reports what he has experienced with a measure of candor that is both breathtaking and, at moments, heartbreaking."
—Jonathan Kirsch, L.A. Times Sunday Book Review
STARTING OUT IN THE SIXTIES: SELECTED ESSAYS (2001)
" A satisfying collection of meditations on an American literary life...a recapitulation of an inspired time."
"[A] warm, candid, insightful account of the people, literature, and politics of a period that Saroyan has come as a writer and thinker to understand was critical to the way we are today."
—The Austin Chronicle
DAY AND NIGHT: Bolinas Poems (1998)
"If in his early poems Saroyan's brilliance is in this concision, [these] longer poems measure the roots that he has put down that have deeply affected his work, and the total amounts to a compelling autobiography in verse. Day and Night: Bolinas Poems is an occasion for Saroyan fans who have waited for a hefty collection of his work."
"Day and Night is about life. It is about affirming identity in the world and with the world, and it is written in a spirit of great honesty and clarity of desire. To write about one's own community is to write about all of us, about who we are, and Aram Saroyan extols a wholeness—whether writing about molecules or a town magazine—that must secretly be craved by our present-day, methodically individuated society."
—Patricia Sarrafian Ward
"The poems are heart-felt as Whitman. Saroyan's is the mission of the artist not avoiding or fighting the shrouds of life, but disappearing into its most fulfilling folds. Consciously. There are echoes of Coleridge's solitude at midnight and the minimalism of Brautigan. Is Saroyan an American Confucian?"
RANCHO MIRAGE: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY OF MANNERS, MADNESS AND MURDER (1994 / 2003)
A Literary Guild True Crime Book Club Selection
"[A] riveting but head-spinning narrative"
"Will keep readers spellbound."
" A masterful job...Consumate skill in the handling of a complex and difficult genre."
—West Coast Review of Books
FRIENDS IN THE WORLD: THE EDUCATION OF A WRITER—A MEMOIR (1992)
"The most important literary memoir of the generation of American writers who have come of age in the last quarter of the twentieth century."
—The New England Review of Books
THE ROMANTIC: A NOVEL (1988)
"I thoroughly enjoyed THE ROMANTIC. It's an engrossing, worldly, sexy book with bull's eye observations on every page."
"This book of modern problems is a shrewd and touching parable. The prose, a quirky amalgam of poetry and pulp, is brisk and entertaining...But THE ROMANTIC is really about fatherhood in art and life, about creation and procreation."
—Critics' Choice/Stuart Schoffman
Los Angeles Times Book Review
TRIO: OONA CHAPLIN / CAROL MATTHAU / GLORIA VANDERBILT
—PORTRAIT OF AN INTIMATE FRIENDSHIP (1985)
"An amazing book."
"Aram Saroyan's eyewitness account of one of the most dazzling trios of our time is hilarious and moving, audacious and shocking, romantic and wild."
LAST RITES: THE DEATH OF WILLIAM SAROYAN (1982)
" A moving, courageous book."
"This daring and unusual book...seek[s] healing and clearer values through conscious art and intellect."
--Mark Harris, The New York Times Book Review
"Strong, poetic, lucid...as moving as anything I've read in a long time."
—Los Angeles Times
"An honest, even softly shaded book. Aram Saroyan has bravely, brilliantly, bloodily shown us his side of this tangled tragedy."
—Seymor Krim, Washington Post Book World
"Dedicated to the preservation of balance, self-respect, and humanity, (Last Rites) uplifts, enriches and, finally, shows us how to heal the wounds that separate the human family from one another. An extraordinary book."
—Minneapolis Star and Tribune
GENESIS ANGELS: THE SAGA OF LEW WELCH AND THE BEAT GENERATION (1979)
"A comradely, intuitive, bold book that is a creative work in its own right. Also accurate, I vouch for that."
"It is immensely moving."
"A fine memoir."
" A radiant account."
—The Village Voice
"My pick for the best-written literary bio of anybody, ever."
—Richard Meltzer, The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats