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Man Suitby Zachary Schomburg
I think Schomburg may be my new favorite Portland poet. While reading The Man Suit, I felt both an eerie sadness and joyful wonder. These little poems, with their odd recurring themes and sober delivery, are full of untraceable magic and humor. After reading a poem about an evil telephone, I looked at my phone and laughed uneasily. It's as if Schomburg is something beyond human, merely wearing, as he suggests, a "man suit." And look James Tate likes him too!
The Man Suit is full of little poems with odd recurring themes and bittersweet humor from Portland's best young poet.
Synopses & Reviews
The Man Suit, a darkly comic debut from poet Zachary Schomburg, assembles a macabre cast of doppelgangers, talking animals and dead presidents in poems that explore concepts of identity, truth and fate. The resulting body of work walks a dynamic line — often reading like anecdotal fables or cautionary tales in the form of prose poems. Through it all, Schomburg balances irony with sincerity; wit with candor; and a playful tone with the knowledge of inevitable sorrow.
"Zachary Schomburg is a wildly imaginative poet who will take you many places you’ve never been or even dreamed of, always with grace and quirky humor. Whether you are caught in Abraham Lincoln's Death Scene or the Sea of Japan, you are certain to enjoy the original vision of this highly entertaining poet. It’s a book like no other." James Tate
"Zachary Schomburg's The Man Suit comes to us from the past but it is a thoroughly new book. It comes to us out of the familiar and it strikes us in the face with its novelty. You will recognize your own history, the history of our nation, the influence of Mad Magazine and Benjamin Peret. And underneath it all, and what holds it all together, however unlikely, is the deep and abiding love of the little things that make up our days." Matthew Rohrer
"It is a rare and fine thing when a poet momentarily affiliates his words and his cadences with the entirety of a world, thus freeing his poem from all burden of mediation, all transgression. In our own era, Rene Char and Pablo Neruda come most vividly to mind in this regard. With The Man Suit, Zachary Schomburg, quietly but with deep conviction, begins to join their company. His book is a blessing." Donald Revell
"This eagerly anticipated debut deal[s] with the subtle and unexpected ways things can transform, usually just beneath an observer’s awareness... Schomburg may be one of the sincerest surrealists around." Publishers Weekly
Poetry. THE MAN SUIT, a darkly comic debut from poet Zachary Schomburg, assembles a macabre cast of doppelgangers, talking animals and dead presidents in poems that explore concepts of identity, truth and fate. The resulting body of work walks a dynamic line-often reading like anecdotal fables or cautionary tales in the form of prose poems. Through it all, Schomburg balances irony with sincerity; wit with candor; and a playful tone with the knowledge of inevitable sorrow. Publisher's Weekly writes, "The often funny yet haunting prose and verse poems of this eagerly anticipated debut deal with the subtle and unexpected ways things can transform, usually just beneath an observer's awareness. With similarly flippant but persistent gestures, Schomburg pushes at the boundaries of logic. He asks for a willing suspension of disbelief and of order.
About the Author
Zachary Schomburg is the author of two books of poems, The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007) and Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean 2009), and chapbooks including The Pond (Greying Ghost), I Am a Small Boy (Factory Hollow), and Abraham Lincoln's Death Scene (Horseless Press). He co-edits Octopus magazine and Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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