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Publishers Weekly on Ennui Prophet and Your Father on the Train of Ghosts

In their Feb 21st issue, Publishers Weekly gives early attention to two forthcoming spring 2011 BOA poetry titles: Ennui Prophet, poems by Christopher Kennedy (published June 2011) “Hip and inviting, Kennedy’s short prose poems rarely fail to entertain: ‘I’ll buy you a reason to live if you promise to share,’ one says, while another visits the ‘Museum of Wrong Turns,’ finding ‘something for everyone: cowboy boots worn by former presidents,’ for example…Kennedy runs the graduate program in creative writing at Syracuse: this third book of prose poems (his fourth overall) shows his clear mastery of several prose-poem forms, with lyricism, jokiness, non sequiturs, sadness, and even a bit of cultural criticism to boot.” [caption id="attachment_1205" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Ennui Prophet, poems by Christopher Kennedy"]Ennui Prophet, poems by Christopher Kennedy[/caption] Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, poems by G.C. Waldrep and John Gallaher (published May 2011)   “With their estranged speakers, fluid situations, and shifting pronouns, many pages come very close to the postmodern comic techniques of John Ashbery in the 1970s, or to James Tate’s more recent books… Many of these poems rise above pastiche to shine in their own evening light.” [caption id="attachment_1206" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, poems by G.C. Waldrep & John Gallaher"]Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, poems by G.C. Waldrep & John Gallaher[/caption] Here's to a poetic spring (and may it come soon)!

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