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Partyknifeby Dan Magers
Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. "Magers scribes as if poet-ghost adrift thru dressing rooms backstage taking notes, capturing the moment in all its lovely eros and happiness and cause for alarm. Writing poems like these is just as good as starting a band when poems like songs flood the brain. I like your smile."—Thurston Moore
"'I wanted to be high, but now I'm trapped in my life.' Frustrated by the limits of his world, PARTYKNIFE's youthful speaker wears a mask of aloofness that incompletely conceals his yearning. His poems strain to hold his exuberance, and his studied detachment belies his racing heart. 'Everything I hated has become my life now. By which I mean how happy I am.' These poems are angry, insistent, and wildly in love with life."—Sarah Manguso
"PARTYKNIFE is fucking awesome, like a manual to a new kind of LCD machine you aren't allowed to actually turn on yet; the book is I think really an opening of something. Just thought, 'the future.'"—Blake Butler
"With its sweaty-palmed longing and headbanging self-destruction, Magers's debut is like a Fast Times at Ridgemont High of poetry, only faster. 'I'm the Jesus Christ of making out with girls drunk,' he boasts. 'I want to make love to your praise for me.' But unlike many of his wry and bantering contemporaries, Magers is just as interested in being erotically cracked as he is in cracking wise. Bitter, horny, and tired of looking for undiminished beauty in the age of information, Magers's voice is that of a wallflower ready to lose it, the kid who listens to Slayer in his basement while daydreaming about 'red on cotton violence.' And what's scarier is he owns it: 'The punk kid in the punk house laughs at the paint he wipes on my new shirt,' he writes in 'Total Summer Vibe,' 'but I am an insane god.' What's fascinating about Magers emotionally is how his doggedness and grit are always built to fail. The same man that grabs us by the cheeks and tells us that his 'dream is to drive a 1978 Lincoln Continental/ off Niagara Falls and scream/ WHATDOYOUTHINKOFTHAT?' is the man who kicks us out of the party on this note of defeat: 'It was the beginning of tomorrow./ And today is all your life will ever be.' (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Dan Magers is co-founder and co-editor of Sink Review, an online poetry journal as well as founder and editor of Immaculate Disciples Press, a handmade chapbook press focused on poetry and visual arts collaborations. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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