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Self-portrait in Dystopian Landscape - by Stephen Lackaye (Paperback)

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Poetry. Winner of the Unicorn Press First Book Award. In SELF-PORTRAIT IN DYSTOPIAN LANDSCAPE, Stephen Lackaye explores post- industrial disquiet in the Rust Belt. The figures in his poems try to reckon a subtle menace that lingers just beyond sure sight. A man who knows he is being watched contemplates the life of his voyeur. A laborer returning home hears a trap clap shut on someone in the woods and wonders if he can save the victim—if there is indeed someone to save. A youth recollects his early education in hand-to-hand combat, unsure of what violence he was ever capable of. Lackaye anneals these stories in a bright lyrical fire. These poems prompt us to distinguish the darkness within from the darkness without, to recover from the ruinous landscape the outlines of one's own self.

"In his masterful and powerful debut collection of poems, SELF-PORTRAIT IN DYSTOPIAN LANDSCAPE, Stephen Lackaye's sweeping and muscular meditations enfold the piercing reflections of their speaker with luminous broad-stroked sketches of his passage through the urban (and a few natural) landscapes of this precarious time. This is an incisive, deeply wise, and illuminating collection of poems—a superb new voice has joined the ever-shifting landscape of contemporary American poetry."—David St. John

"Bereft and lost as Odysseus going home, the singer of these poems wanders a place where a butterfly is a knife, a brother a ghost, and 'all that's possible betrays us.' The hero of Stephen Lackaye's SELF-PORTRAIT IN DYSTOPIAN LANDSCAPE is a cunning warrior left to his wits, and poem after poem deepens the story of his survival. What rings out in the end astounds me—something tender and lovely and new. What an amazing poet, what a gorgeous book."—Steve Scafidi

"Very few young poets are brave enough to embrace silence in order to listen intently to the murmurings of the mind. Stephen Lackaye is one of them, and his extraordinary debut, SELF- PORTRAIT IN DYSTOPIAN LANDSCAPE, embodies that bravery and wisdom. This book is a life- affirming instrument of truth. By means of sly wit, arresting imagery, and a mature lyric craft, it persuades us to transcend the intimate and public wreckages of our present moment."—David Roderick
Number of Pages: 72
Genre: Poetry
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Small Pr Distribution
Author: Stephen Lackaye
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2017
TCIN: 53268179
UPC: 9780877758068
Item Number (DPCI): 248-59-7077
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