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The Narrow Circle (Poets, Penguin)by Nathan Hoks
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Selected as a winner of the National Poetry Series by Dean Young
John Ashbery called Reveilles, Nathan Hokss debut book, a dazzling” collection and Hoks a poet whose fine gradations of observation turn the reader into a barometer of strong subtleties like those of the weather, that can be minute even as they affect us powerfully.” The poems in Hokss new book, The Narrow Circle, perform a similar magic. In associative lyrics and fabulist prose, Hoks explores inner and outer experiences. The poems frequently focus on the body as a membrane where everything becomes inside-out—where the face disperses with angels of teeth and loam,” where sky comes out of the mouth,” where a giant green worm burrows a hole in the head,” and where the heart is a vestibule that cannot be closed. Suites of pictures within the text further delineate this inward-outward pull, offering visualizations of interior voices and sketches of exterior shadows.
About the Author
Nathan Hoks is the author of Reveilles, which won Salt Publishing’s Crashaw Prize in 2010. His poems and translations have appeared in Crazyhorse, Lit, Circumference, and Verse. He is an editor and letterpress printer for Convulsive Editions, and lives with his wife and son in Chicago.
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