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Publisher Comments:

Matthew Zapruder's third book mixes humor and invention with love and loss, as when the breath of a lover is compared to "a field of titanium gravestones / growing warmer in the sun." The title poem is an elegy for the heroes and mentors in the poet's life — from David Foster Wallace to the poet's father. Zapruder's poems are direct and surprising, and throughout the book he wrestles with the desire to do well, to make art, and to face the vast events of the day.

Look out scientists! Today the unemployment rate
is 9.4 percent. I have no idea what that means. I tried
to think about it harder for a while. Then
tried standing in an actual stance of mystery
and not knowing towards the world.
Which is my job. As is staring at the back yard
and for one second believing I am actually
rising away from myself. Which is maybe
what I have in common right now with you...

Review:

"Zapruder's third collection of hip, quirkily haunting yet surprisingly earnest poems is his best and most beautiful. He spans the major genres — love poetry ('I admire/ and fear you, to me you are an abyss/ I cross towards you'), elegy ('I have been coasting,/ but from this forward Grace I vow/ I shall coast no more'), ode ('my friends ordered square burgers/ with mysterious holes leaking a delicious substance'), friendship tribute ('Dobby lives/ in Minnesota and seems basically happy'), to name a few — updating them for the 21st century. He even proves himself to be a charming nature poet: of a fox he says, 'it held a grasshopper in its mouth,/ which it dropped when it saw the small carcass of a young javelina.' These poems are still full of quick jump-cuts, seeming tangents, and almost adorable imagery, but all more focused on subject matter. In the spooky but also companionable titular long poem that closes the volume, Zapruder communes with an array of unseen presences, from the reader to the shades of his family and influences: 'Come with me/ and I will show you/ terrible marvels.// The little cough I heard in my mind/ was one I remembered/ my father made just as he died.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Review:

"Zapruder's innovative style is provocative in its unusual juxtapositions of line, image and enjambments.... Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"[A]s brain-teasing as his wonderfully strange yet exactly right imagery is, the formal elements of his poems are so liquid and magnetizing as to be invisible....[T]hese are deeply felt, exciting, and caring poems." (Starred Review) Booklist

Synopsis:

Written by one of the country's leading younger poets, “Zapruder's poems don't merely attempt beauty, they attain it.” Boston Review

Synopsis:

"Charming, melancholy, hip."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Zapruder's innovative style is provocative in its unusual juxtapositions of line, image and enjambments. . . . Highly recommended."—Library Journal

Matthew Zapruder's third book mixes humor and invention with love and loss, as when the breath of a lover is compared to "a field of titanium gravestones / growing warmer in the sun." The title poem is an elegy for the heroes and mentors in the poet's life—from David Foster Wallace to the poet's father. Zapruder's poems are direct and surprising, and throughout the book he wrestles with the desire to do well, to make art, and to face the vast events of the day.

Look out scientists! Today the unemployment rate

is 9.4 percent. I have no idea what that means. I tried

to think about it harder for a while. Then

tried standing in an actual stance of mystery

and not knowing towards the world.

Which is my job. As is staring at the back yard

and for one second believing I am actually

rising away from myself. Which is maybe

what I have in common right now with you . . .

Matthew Zapruder holds degrees from Amherst College, UC Berkeley, and the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of two previous books, including The Pajamaist, which won the William Carlos Williams Award and was honored by Library Journal with a "Best Poetry Book of the Year" listing. He lives in San Francisco and is an editor at Wave Books.

About the Author

Matthew Zapruder holds degrees from Amherst College, UC Berkeley, and the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of two collections of poetry, American Linden and The Pajamaist, which won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and was honored by Library Journal as one of the top ten poetry volumes of 2006. He lives in San Francisco, teaches poetry as a member of the permanent faculty of the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and works as an editor for Wave Books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556593222
Author:
Zapruder, Matthew
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Zapruder's third collection of hip, quirkily haunting yet surprisingly earnest poems is his best and most beautiful. He spans the major genres — love poetry ('I admire/ and fear you, to me you are an abyss/ I cross towards you'), elegy ('I have been coasting,/ but from this forward Grace I vow/ I shall coast no more'), ode ('my friends ordered square burgers/ with mysterious holes leaking a delicious substance'), friendship tribute ('Dobby lives/ in Minnesota and seems basically happy'), to name a few — updating them for the 21st century. He even proves himself to be a charming nature poet: of a fox he says, 'it held a grasshopper in its mouth,/ which it dropped when it saw the small carcass of a young javelina.' These poems are still full of quick jump-cuts, seeming tangents, and almost adorable imagery, but all more focused on subject matter. In the spooky but also companionable titular long poem that closes the volume, Zapruder communes with an array of unseen presences, from the reader to the shades of his family and influences: 'Come with me/ and I will show you/ terrible marvels.// The little cough I heard in my mind/ was one I remembered/ my father made just as he died.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "Zapruder's innovative style is provocative in its unusual juxtapositions of line, image and enjambments.... Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "[A]s brain-teasing as his wonderfully strange yet exactly right imagery is, the formal elements of his poems are so liquid and magnetizing as to be invisible....[T]hese are deeply felt, exciting, and caring poems." (Starred Review)
"Synopsis" by , Written by one of the country's leading younger poets, “Zapruder's poems don't merely attempt beauty, they attain it.” Boston Review
"Synopsis" by ,

"Charming, melancholy, hip."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Zapruder's innovative style is provocative in its unusual juxtapositions of line, image and enjambments. . . . Highly recommended."—Library Journal

Matthew Zapruder's third book mixes humor and invention with love and loss, as when the breath of a lover is compared to "a field of titanium gravestones / growing warmer in the sun." The title poem is an elegy for the heroes and mentors in the poet's life—from David Foster Wallace to the poet's father. Zapruder's poems are direct and surprising, and throughout the book he wrestles with the desire to do well, to make art, and to face the vast events of the day.

Look out scientists! Today the unemployment rate

is 9.4 percent. I have no idea what that means. I tried

to think about it harder for a while. Then

tried standing in an actual stance of mystery

and not knowing towards the world.

Which is my job. As is staring at the back yard

and for one second believing I am actually

rising away from myself. Which is maybe

what I have in common right now with you . . .

Matthew Zapruder holds degrees from Amherst College, UC Berkeley, and the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of two previous books, including The Pajamaist, which won the William Carlos Williams Award and was honored by Library Journal with a "Best Poetry Book of the Year" listing. He lives in San Francisco and is an editor at Wave Books.

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