Monday, May 23, 2011

Nick Demske by Nick Demske

Fence Modern Poets Series 2010. It's bad-ass and awesome to self title your first book. These are a collection of boisterous, lyrical, sometimes obnoxious, sometimes heartbreaking anti-sonnets that meditate on (or maybe wrestle with, however you want to look at it) a notion of American "identity," and American culture. I like being punched in the face repeatedly by poems sometimes. The title becomes that which is both put on by the speaker and aggressively denied. Read it.

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