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Yale Series of Younger Poets

Crush

  • Richard Siken; Foreword by Louise Gluck
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"Crush embodies an impressive unity of sex, the currents of feeling that carry us helplessly, fleeting encounters that often promise physical transcendence but leave us unloved or emotionally drained. . . . Crush is a vivid, fast-paced book that may be read as a single, powerful sequence."—Antioch Review

Winner of the 2005 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, sponsored by The Publishing Triangle

"Richard Siken's artistry is, quite frankly, astounding. . . . His talent is evident on almost every page. His world might be a dark one, but his writing shimmers."—Barbara Wiedemann, Magill Book Reviews

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 Glück 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.”

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

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"The Yale Series of Younger Poets remains the most prestigious [of poetry contests]."—Library Journal

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