Synopses & Reviews
Chris Vitiello's second book, Irresponsibility, matches conversational language with the compositional processes of a working poet dealing with the most pressing--and most quotidian--of human problems. Pushing the question of whether metaphor is fundamentally dishonest, Vitiello writes, We all agree the crepe myrtle looks like it is on fire / It looks nothing like if it was on fire, and discusses poetic processes in the midst of his poems:
Less windy today but still
The wind is greater than
the artifice of breaking the line
Concerned with the ethics of poetry, Vitiello's poems acknowledge, refreshingly, that some things are more important than poetry. Footnoting the line Michelle's dead, Vitiello writes Put this book down and go be with other people. Unlike any other book you've ever read, Irresponsibility will shake up your ideas about poetry as well as your ideas of how what we say and what we do are so often at odds.
Poetry. "Put this book down and go be with other people," urges Chris Vitiello in his playful and grave second book. Where music, science, and poetry discover the grounding necessity of measurement in this work, Vitiello is just as likely to destabilize, boldly, all manner of life, repeatedly undercutting urgent concrete statements and smashing them into granular moments. "The great pleasure of Chris Vitiello's IRRESPONSIBILITY comes from its outrageous conceit: to write ambitiously while refusing to render the act of writing in any of its normative or nostalgic guises. 'All you have to do is pay attention,' Vitiello writes, 'and it's not that simple.' Each page of this absolutely essential book is a testimony to the thrills and difficulties of such unceasing attention"--Tony Tost.