Full Catastrophe Living

Full Catastrophe Living

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Merging the spirits of Don Quixote, Shakespearean fools, Theodore Roethke, Frank O'Hara, James Merrill, and the Marx Brothers, Zach Savich's first book does more than showcase the innovative fluency of its roving forms and moods: these poetic hybrids are not hothouse blossoms but minotaurs. With ebullient intelligence and high-stakes insistence on the panic, lust, and suffering of the sensual world, "Full Catastrophe Living" uses the self as an instrument to investigate art, love, and the hardest honesty. In meditations, songs, slapstick sequences, sonnets, narratives, and tightly carved fragments, Savich explores the conflicts between romance and reality, between inventing a new world and staying true to this one. Relishing both traditional and experimental poetics, he takes refreshing, ecumenical risks to show the 'strange grace/of bells that ring with a rag's polishing'. Like a Fourth of July band conductor guiding planes to land, his poetic wit alters what's real. This book will change the ways that readers think about poetry, language's expressive capacity, and the robust world around us.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 139.7 x 223.52 x 10.16mm | 68.04g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 1587297981
  • 9781587297984
  • 424,716

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The poems of Zach Savich take root in a shape-shifting amalgam of juncture and disjuncture. Their intensely wrought language pleases the mind and troubles the heart as only the genuine article can. Just say the feeling s been thought. That synesthetic turn of phrase signals a remarkably talented and thoughtful search for an idiom honest to time and event. One hardly expects a first book to have such capacity, but this one does. Marvin Bell"show more

About Zach Savich

Zach Savich received a BA in English from the University of Washington and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop; he is currently in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is a teaching assistant. His poems and essays have appeared in such venues as the Colorado Review, the Beloit Poetry Journal, jubilat, Court Green, the Denver Quarterly, and the anthology Best New Poets 2008. He is an editor at Thermos Magazine.show more

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3 10% (6)
2 8% (5)
1 2% (1)
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