Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. ESCAPE FROM COMBRAY presents an intimate cycle of poems exploring the growing sense of urban ennui and dislocation affecting a generation of Americans. Snyder's poems evokes a psychogeographic landscape where quotidian symbols of the working class juxtapose with the timeless profundity of Proust, Virgil, and Dante. "Stan Brakhage writes 'The American inherently struggles to be gentle and at the same time not to be taken advantage of.' Nowhere is this notion more evident than in Rick Snyder's remarkable poems, whose sweet-bitter speakers reveal the numerous states (both territories and conditions) with which--and in which--to fall in love and take issue. I'm very glad this book is in the world"--Graham Foust.
About the Author
Rick Snyder's chapbooks include Blueprint (811 Books, 1999), Double Ear (811 Books, 1999), Forecast Memorial (Duration, 2002), Flown Season (Portable Press, 2004), and Guestbook (Dusie, 2007). His poems have appeared in print and online journals such as 6x6, Aufgabe, Barrow Street, Dusie, Hanging Loose, jubilat, LIT, LVNG, Lungfull!, Milk, Open City, The Poker, Radical Society, Readme, Skanky Possum, and TheEastVillage. His poem "How Are You Doing?" was recently featured in the syndicated column American Life in Poetry. In 2003, Situations published his translations of Catullus' poems 1-30 as This Charming New Chapbook. His review-essay of English-language versions of Paul Celan appeared in Radical Society and was included in a collection of critical writings on translation published online by Duration in 2005. His essay on Flarf and Dada was published in Jacket in 2006. He formerly edited the poetry journal Cello Entry and programmed and curated book fairs, poetics lectures, and a translation-based reading series at the Dactyl Foundation in New York. He is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at the University of Southern California.