Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. "AMERICAN BARRICADE is a beautifully constructed and powerful lyric narrative that's equal parts dysfunctional fairy tale and family tragicomedy. Schoonebeek offers a complex meditation on the imagination's capacity to make up for reality's privations and the psyche's related drive to 'build from its rubble'—the latter seeming, in Schoonebeek's hands, like a compulsion to recreate the very conditions the psyche has struggled to escape from. Frequently disturbing, almost always darkly comical, and ultimately heartbreaking, AMERICAN BARRICADE is a bold, ambitious, unforgettable debut from one of our most exciting young poets."—Timothy Donnelly
Poetry. The debut of a fierce talent and vision.--Maggie Nelson
With its limitless invention, emotional force, and profound social relevance, American Barricade is a groundbreaking first book and stands to influence the aesthetic disposition of its author's generation.--Boston Review
Explosively and assiduously crafted.--C.D. Wright
A bold, ambitious, unforgettable debut from one of our most exciting young poets.--Timothy Donnelly
About the Author
Danniel Schoonebeek's first book of poems, AMERICAN BARRICADE, is out now from YesYes Books. A chapbook, Family Album, is also available from Poor Claudia. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, BOMB, Indiana Review, Guernica, jubilat, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from Poets House, the Juniper Institute, Summer Literary Seminars, and Oregon State University. He writes a column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts the Hatchet Job reading series, and edits the PEN Poetry Series.