Richard Siken, Louise Gluck
Finalist for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry-an erotic, powerful collection
“One of the best books of contemporary poetry.”-Victoria Chang, Huffington Post
“Vital, immediate, and cinematic in scope.”-Library Journal (Best Poetry of 2005)
Selected by Nobel Prize laureate and competition judge Louise Gluck as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, Richard Siken’s Crush is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism. In the world of American poetry, Siken’s voice is striking.
In her introduction to the book, Gluck hails the “cumulative, driving, apocalyptic power, [and] purgatorial recklessness” of Siken’s poems. She notes, “Books of this kind dream big. . . . They restore to poetry that sense of crucial moment and crucial utterance which may indeed be the great genius of the form.”
"Siken writes about love, desire, violence, and eroticism with a cinematic brilliance and urgency that makes this one of the best books of contemporary poetry."-Victoria Chang, Huffington Post "Vital, immediate, and cinematic in scope, [Siken's] verse offers sharply observed vignettes of longing, love, and pain."-Library Journal (Best Poetry of 2005) "Siken's debut collection derives its energy from the friction among bodies, selves, and lovers. . . . This book will excite patrons and be long remembered. Recommended for all collections."-Library Journal "Vital, immediate, and cinematic in scope, [Siken's] verse offers sharply observed vignettes of longing, love, and pain."-Library Journal (Best Poetry of 2005) "A powerful collection of poems . . . at once confessional, gay, savage, and charged with a violent eroticism."-Forecast Finalist for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry Winner of the 2005 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, sponsored by The Publishing Triangle "Crush is a wondrous, brilliant book. Richard Siken's poetry is daring in its construction, graceful yet startling in its beauty, and complicit with emotions and states of mind that would have remained unintelligible without him."-Dennis Cooper
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