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Poetry. Top Debut Collection of 2015, Poets and Writers."This is a book of great beauty and of terrible suspicion regarding that beauty. This is a poet of intensifying linguistic gift and of terrible suspicion regarding that gift. Is there, yet, an Auto-Voyeuristic school of poetry? If not, then Jay Deshpande's troubling and gorgeous LOVE THE STRANGER—'watch yourself grow muscle in your failures / and hate it'—could be the founding document."—Josh Bell"Deshpande tracks those moments when we become strange to ourselves, when indecision and failure wrench us open. He writes with a kind of glowing, dreamlike clarity about desire, distraction, regret—the ways we rush past ourselves, the ways we hurt each other. This book is full of searching and light."—Joanna Klink"Elegant, dreamy, and hauntingly charismatic, Deshpande's poems captivate the way the recordings of their patron saint Chet Baker do, insisting time after time that exceptional artistry can spin even radical loneliness and excruciating sensitivity into music that radiates and affirms. Provoking 'a hunger become so animal' then tranquilizing it with 'orchestrated moonlight,' LOVE THE STRANGER is a book, a shady neighborhood, and a mood that readers will return to again and again."—Timothy Donnelly
Number of Pages: 101
Publisher: Small Pr Distribution
Author: Jay Deshpande
Street Date: November 15, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-14-3455
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