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Crush (Yale Series of Younger Poets)

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ISBN13: 9780300107890
ISBN10: 0300107897
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Richard Siken's Crush, selected as this year's winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism.

In her introduction to the book, competition judge Louise Gluck hails the cumulative, driving, apocalyptic power, and purgatorial recklessness of Siken's poems. She notes, Books of this kind dream big. . . . They restore to poetry that sense of crucial moment and crucial utterance which may indeed be the great genius of the form.

Visible World

Sunlight pouring across your skin, your shadow

flat on the wall.

The dawn was breaking the bones of your

heart like twigs.

You had not expected this,

the bedroom gone white, the astronomical light

pummeling you in a stream of fists.

You raised your hand to your face as if

to hide it, the pink fingers gone gold as the

light

streams straight to the bone,

as if you were the small room closed in glass

with every speck of dust illuminated.

The light is no mystery,

the mystery is that there is something to keep

the light

from passing through

Synopsis:

Announcing the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets competition, North America's oldest annual literary prize.

Synopsis:

Richard Sikens Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism.

Synopsis:

Richard Siken's Crush, selected as this year's winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism.

In her introduction to the book, competition judge Louise Gluck hails the cumulative, driving, apocalyptic power, and purgatorial recklessness of Siken's poems. She notes, Books of this kind dream big. . . . They restore to poetry that sense of crucial moment and crucial utterance which may indeed be the great genius of the form.

Synopsis:

Richard Siken’s Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism. In the world of American poetry, Siken's voice is striking.

In her introduction to the book, competition judge Louise Glück hails the “cumulative, driving, apocalyptic power, [and] purgatorial recklessness” of Siken’s poems. She notes, “Books of this kind dream big. . . . They restore to poetry that sense of crucial moment and crucial utterance which may indeed be the great genius of the form.”

About the Author

Richard Siken lives in Tucson, Arizona. He is cofounder and editor of the literary magazine spork.

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perfectpro, February 21, 2013 (view all comments by perfectpro)
Every poem in Crush is captivating, completely luring the reader into a world unlike any they've known before. I carry it around in my handbag at all times and read it over in every free moment. These poems have become friends, their lines and indentations well-known to me as time goes on. To anyone who feels like the true creativity has gone out of modern poetry, read a bit of Siken and then see if your accusation still stands.
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mmrichards, December 6, 2012 (view all comments by mmrichards)
Crush has the dubious distinction of being the only book I've ever purchased twice. I took my first copy everywhere for over a month, reading and rereading, and finally lost it somewhere (school? bus? coffee shop?). Back to Powell's two days later--it's still worth the double buy.

Literature, especially poetry, says a lot about its readers, and I've liked everyone I've met who has read Crush. Crush is important as LGBTQ poetry, but it is equally captivating and accessible as poetry about obsession and desperation.

"You see, I take the parts that I remember and stitch them back together to make a creature that will do what I say or love me back."
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xterminal, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by xterminal)
Best book of the past decade? This one right here, baby. I've reviewed it exhaustively on *cough* other sites *cough* that get mad if I copy the review other places, but it should be easily findable...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780300107890
Author:
Siken, Richard
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Foreword by:
Gluck, Louise
Foreword by:
Glueck, Louise
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General Poetry
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Poetry-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Yale Series of Younger Poets
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 in 0.25 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
Announcing the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets competition, North America's oldest annual literary prize.

"Synopsis" by ,
Richard Sikens Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism.
"Synopsis" by , Richard Siken's Crush, selected as this year's winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism.

In her introduction to the book, competition judge Louise Gluck hails the cumulative, driving, apocalyptic power, and purgatorial recklessness of Siken's poems. She notes, Books of this kind dream big. . . . They restore to poetry that sense of crucial moment and crucial utterance which may indeed be the great genius of the form.

"Synopsis" by ,
Richard Siken’s Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism. In the world of American poetry, Siken's voice is striking.

In her introduction to the book, competition judge Louise Glück hails the “cumulative, driving, apocalyptic power, [and] purgatorial recklessness” of Siken’s poems. She notes, “Books of this kind dream big. . . . They restore to poetry that sense of crucial moment and crucial utterance which may indeed be the great genius of the form.”

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