Review by Randall Mann (author of Breakfast with Thom Gunn) by AndrewDemcak []
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Zero summer

by Andrew Demcak

  Print book : Poetry  |  1st ed

Review by Randall Mann (author of Breakfast with Thom Gunn)   (2009-03-07)


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From Randall Mann (author of Breakfast with Thom Gunn & Complaint in the Garden):


"ZERO SUMMER's skinny, sticky, cock-swaggering poems take 'bloody comfort' in Andrew Demcak's lubricated, literary longing, the bourbon 'sweet / with unimagined grief,' the very words 'laboring / over / the soup-bones of literature.'  This is a book that will get under your fingernails."

—Randall Mann


From Nina Lindsay (author of Today's Special Dish):


“Spiralling electrically around a theme of longing, Demcak's newest work moves outward in arcs—from the sensual self, in erotic and familial relationship with the other ("my skin listening // still no accompanist: I can't kiss me!" )—to the writing and artistic self,  the creative pursuit of spirit through form (God "an unflawed blackberry…rosettes of icing…the murdered and the living brightness")—to this spirit in the world and in other people ("O divine architect! / O quick-drying cement!"). His language is playful, charged, articulate and highly crafted—always with an introspective sense of humor and form. Full of music from Ellington to Schoenberg, full of heroes from Noah to Ginsberg, Demcak's poems are attuned to both absurdity and pathos, those extremes that lead the poet and the reader towards their "unimaginable" Zero Summer.”

—Nina Lindsay





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