Synopses & Reviews
“The Book of Funnels is one of the strangest and most beautiful first books of poetry I have read in a long time.”—John Ashbery
Christian Hawkey constructs a visionary world rich with fantastic imagery. In blurring the line of reality versus imagination, this turbulent dreamscape calls into question the frightening and surprising nature of the actual world.
Christian Hawkey’s The Book of Funnels (Verse Press, 2004) received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Hawkey is co-founder of the international poetry journal jubilat, and he teaches at Pratt Institute.
"In his eagerly awaited second book, Hawkey (The Book of Funnels) continues to delve into surreal landscapes and word-bending sentences to create playful poems that entertain while also seeking orientation and stability in an imaginary world that mirrors the real one all too well. In an almost always deadpan tone, and usually in uneven columns or narrow couplets, Hawkey repurposes animals ('A horseshoe crab is a beautiful helmet'), relates natural and human phenomena ('pardon my shoulders,/ they shake when I laugh,/ the way the tip of a ship's mast/ records, for no one not even the sky / the contours of a given wave') and notes the precariousness of everyday life ('I tried to move the hole/ but there was another hole/ beneath it, which I fell through,/ over and over'). Poems with the word 'hour' in the title, spread throughout the collection, portray slices of unusual life: 'Drainage/ occurs, in real time.' Though they sometimes fizzle out at the end, there is much that is interesting in every one of these poems." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Poetry. Christian Hawkey's CITIZEN OF is an edgy and ominous second collection. Hawkey constructs a visionary world rich with fantastic imagery. In blurring the line of reality versus imagination, this turbulent dreamscape calls into question the frightening and surprising nature of the actual world.
An edgy and ominous second collection from one of contemporary poetry's most promising new voices.
About the Author
Christian Hawkey is the author of VENTRAKL (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), CITIZEN OF (Wave Books, 2007), Hour, Hour, a chapbook which includes drawings by the artist Ryan Mrowzowski (Delirium Press, 2006), and THE BOOK OF FUNNELS (Verse Press, 2004), winner of the 2006 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In 2006 he was given a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award and he has also received awards from the Poetry Fund and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and his work has recently been translated into German, Slovene, French, and Portuguese.