September 29, 2010
Chaos Is the New Calm, in Wisconsin
Wyn Cooper recently published his fourth book of poetry, Chaos Is the New Calm. In the past, Cooper’s work has been greeted with warm admiration; in addition to his previous books, The Country of Here Below, The Way Back, and Postcards from the Interior, his poems, stories, essays, and reviews appearing in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Slate, and more than 75 other magazines. This newest addition seems no exception, gaining high praise from Timothy Mayo in Verse Wisconsin. “One can read the poems in Wyn Cooper’s new book Chaos is the New Calm as declarations of independence from an older,” Mayo writes. “more predictable logic of how poems often progress to one where the unexpected turn reigns. These poems move along at an energetic pace often progressing by plays on words and a kind of free association logic or, to put it another way, a sort of “six-degrees-of-separation” type of logic between both people and things.”
Read the entire review here.