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Publisher Comments:

In his first collection since Fancy Beasts, a book that "slice[d] straight through nerve and marrow on its way to the heart and mind of the matter" (Tracy K. Smith), Alex Lemon dazzles us again with his exuberance and candor. Whether in unrestrained descriptions of sensory overload or tender meditations on fatherhood and mortality, Lemon blurs that nebulous line between the personal and the pop-cultural. These poems are full of frenetic energy and images pleasantly, strangely colliding: jigsaws and bathtubs and kung-fu and X-rays. It's a distinct brand of edginess that readers of Lemon will once again applaud. A lean and muscular collection, The Wish Book marks a new high in this poet's unstoppable career.

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"'Human dynamo: you must/ Have a good time,' Lemon (Fancy Beasts) exhorts in his explosive fourth collection of verse; his agitated, discombobulated alter egos both shock and entertain. Lemon's exclamations, free associations, and volatile images showcase extreme highs and lows as well as constant attraction to the wild life, or to the wildly inappropriate: 'It's hard to imagine a day/ when I'm not scratching/ My nuts right at God.' But Lemon is no light comedian: his party persona, extroversion, and fragmentary style all look like defenses against Lemon's mortal fears. Those fears, in turn, speak to the medical history — brain surgery, tough recovery — detailed in his 2010 memoir, Happy. In a poem that reads like a nightmare about his hospital stay, 'It felt/ Like a vibrating halo had been screwed/ Into my head... a double-decker toy racetrack/ Had been drilled into my skull.' Lemon may disorient, or exhaust, readers who want poems with more coherence; his speakers do not develop or change very much, neither within the poems, nor between them. Yet Lemon's enthusiasms, with their 'hip tosses & heavy metal' — part sarcastic, part macho, part tender, and always extreme — have found, and deserve to find, serious sympathies. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Alex Lemon is the author of Happy: A Memoir (Scribner), the poetry collections Fancy Beasts (Milkweed Editions), Hallelujah Blackout (Milkweed Editions), and Mosquito (Tin House Books). His writing has appeared in Esquire, Best American Poetry 2008, AGNI, BOMB, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Open City, Pleiades and Tin House, among others. He was awarded a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He co-edits LUNA: A Journal of Poetry and Translation with Ray Gonzalez and frequently writes book reviews. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas and teaches at Texas Christian University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781571314505
Author:
Lemon, Alex
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Product details 88 pages Milkweed Editions - English 9781571314505 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Human dynamo: you must/ Have a good time,' Lemon (Fancy Beasts) exhorts in his explosive fourth collection of verse; his agitated, discombobulated alter egos both shock and entertain. Lemon's exclamations, free associations, and volatile images showcase extreme highs and lows as well as constant attraction to the wild life, or to the wildly inappropriate: 'It's hard to imagine a day/ when I'm not scratching/ My nuts right at God.' But Lemon is no light comedian: his party persona, extroversion, and fragmentary style all look like defenses against Lemon's mortal fears. Those fears, in turn, speak to the medical history — brain surgery, tough recovery — detailed in his 2010 memoir, Happy. In a poem that reads like a nightmare about his hospital stay, 'It felt/ Like a vibrating halo had been screwed/ Into my head... a double-decker toy racetrack/ Had been drilled into my skull.' Lemon may disorient, or exhaust, readers who want poems with more coherence; his speakers do not develop or change very much, neither within the poems, nor between them. Yet Lemon's enthusiasms, with their 'hip tosses & heavy metal' — part sarcastic, part macho, part tender, and always extreme — have found, and deserve to find, serious sympathies. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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