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Richard Siken's Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, 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, competition judge Louise 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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 137.2 x 185.4 x 10.2mm | 113.4g
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0300107897
  • 9780300107890
  • 18,039

About Richard Siken

Richard Siken lives in Tucson, Arizona. He is cofounder and editor of the literary magazine more

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"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, The Huffington Post -- Victoria Chang The Huffington Postshow more

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