“They’re poems for everyone, everywhere, insisting that everything is subject for poetry, and that all language is poetic language, democratic in its insights and feelings.” (NPR)
“These are exactly the chances Zapruder should be taking, as he moves from channeling a tradition into shaping it.” (The New York Times)
“Starkly honest…What buoys the collection is his insistence on making the often disturbing facts of life not simply new, but strange and humorous in their familiarity.” (Publishers Weekly)
Matthew Zapruder is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Father’s Day (Copper Canyon, 2019), as well as two books of prose: Why Poetry (Ecco, 2017) and Story of a Poem (Unnamed, 2023). He is editor at large at Wave Books, where he edits contemporary poetry, prose, and translations. From 2016-7 he held the annually rotating position of Editor of the Poetry Column for the New York Times Magazine, and was the Editor of Best American Poetry 2022. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California.
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