by Drew S., February 24, 2010 5:19 PM
In this sonnet sequence, Lerner blends contemporary phrases — which portrays his youth and connectedness with popular culture — but also fuses a philosophical outlook in classic poetic form. He has dazzling wit, but also puts you in your place, shuts you up, and makes you keep reading. Lichtenberg Figures is a book that won't stay on your bookshelf long; it will more likely be on the nightstand, on the desk, bookmarked and underlined. You'll want to mimic and recreate Lerner — the sign of a great poet.