Hardback
December 8, 2020
9780819579867
English
128
7.50 Inches (US)
5.75 Inches (US)
.7 Pounds (US)
$35.00 USD, £25.95 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Paperback / softback
December 8, 2020
9780819579874
English
128
7.50 Inches (US)
5.75 Inches (US)
$15.95 USD, £11.95 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Electronic book text
December 8, 2020
9780819579881
9780819579867
English
128
7.50 Inches (US)
5.75 Inches (US)
$12.99 USD, £9.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Now It's Dark

A new collection of poems from one of America's most vital and imaginative poets

The poems in this brilliant follow-up to the National Book Award finalist Archeophonics, are concerned with grieving, with poetry and death, with beauty and sadness, with light. As Ben Lerner has written, "Gizzi's poetry is an example of how a poet's total tonal attention can disclose new orders of sensation and meaning. His beautiful lines are full of deft archival allusion." With litany, elegy, and prose, Gizzi continues his pursuit toward a lyric of reality. Saturated with luminous detail, these original poems possess, even in their sorrowing moments, a dizzying freedom.

About the Author

PETER GIZZI is the author of eight collections of poetry including Archeophonics, Threshold Songs, and In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987–2011. He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios, and artist books. He lives in Holyoke, MA.

Reviews

"The ethereal yet confident poems in this book deliver their satisfying reckoning without a hint of sentimentality."—Publishers Weekly

"In the title poem of his eighth book, Now It's Dark, Peter Gizzi strikes a Tennysonian note that calls to mind both the tone and imagery of "In Memoriam A. H. H.": "Sky opening into blank. / I thought grief is a form of grace." The poem proceeds through inflections confessional ("When my brother lost his voice I lost my childhood"), social ("I am overpowered by the gigantism / of commercial governing"), and existential ("I am an incident trapped in thick description), all the while maintaining a deceptive ease of expressiveness that belies the underground swell of disquiet, which marks the entire volume."—Hyperallergic.com

Endorsements

"This new poetry, taking such care of tem-perature—the time & details of the world—meaning the space(s) in which we live—defining love in this way. Writing along the edge. What I call MR/everydayMagicalRealism. A way of writing about hope."—Kamau Brathwaite, author of The Lazarus Poems

"Gizzi is not a sentimental poet—not even close. His best poems exist on a different plane, as if he has achieved and is writing from a transcendent vantage most of us only strive forHe identifies the thing we're all searching for in voices, in poems, in language, in songs; why we read and why we listen."—Amanda Petrsich, The New Yorker

"There's no ego in this writer's work. It's one of the purest examples of truth told from an inside source, beautifully patterned on the page. There's no training ground for such writing. Every page, every poem, is challenged with unpredictability and intensity."—Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent
Wesleyan University Press
Wesleyan Poetry Series

9780819579867 : now-its-dark-gizzi
Hardback
128 Pages
$35.00 USD
9780819579874 : now-its-dark-gizzi
Paperback / softback
128 Pages
$15.95 USD
9780819579881 : now-its-dark-gizzi
Electronic book text
128 Pages
$12.99 USD

Other Titles by Peter Gizzi

Archeophonics

Peter Gizzi
Oct 2017 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$12.99 USD - Electronic book text
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest

Barbara Guest, edited by Hadley Guest, OtherPeter Gizzi
May 2016 - Wesleyan University Press
$27.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$22.99 USD - Electronic book text

In Defense of Nothing

Peter Gizzi
Apr 2015 - Wesleyan University Press
$26.95 USD - Hardback
$14.99 USD - Electronic book text
$18.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Wesleyan Poetry Series

Finalists

Rae Armantrout
Mar 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
$35.00 USD - Hardback
$16.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Neverending Quest for the Other Shore

Sylvie Kandé
Mar 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
$35.00 USD - Hardback
$17.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Writing of an Hour

Brenda Coultas
Mar 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$35.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Death, Grief, Loss

Marrow

darlene anita scott
Mar 2022 - University Press of Kentucky
$29.95 USD - Hardback
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text

Separation Anxiety

Gavin Bradley
Mar 2022 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$19.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Fields of Light and Stone

Angeline Schellenberg
Mar 2020 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$19.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in Poetry by individual poets

{#289-128}

Randall Horton
Sep 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text

T. S. Eliot's Dialectical Imagination

Jewel Spears Brooker
Nov 2018 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$49.95 USD - Hardback
$49.95 USD - Electronic book text

Future Perfect

poems by Charles Martin
Mar 2018 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text