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New York

  • Sam Ross and Edgar Kunz (PRINCE STREET)

    Tap Out, Edgar Kunz’s debut collection, reckons with working‑class heritage. Approach these poems as short stories, plainspoken lyric essays, controlled arcs of a bildungsroman, then again as narrative verse. Within are poignant, troubling portraits of blue‑collar lives, mental health in contemporary…

    Tap Out, Edgar Kunz’s debut collection, reckons with working‑class heritage. Approach these poems as short stories, plainspoken lyric essays, controlled arcs of a bildungsroman, then again as narrative verse. Within are poignant, troubling portraits of blue‑collar lives, mental health in contemporary America, and what is conveyed and passed on through touch and words―violent, or simply absent. This hungry new voice asks: after you make the choice to leave, what is left behind, what can you make of it, and at what cost?

    Sam Ross' Company is the winner of the Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry. Ross’s poems are at once earthy and delicate and view their subjects through a perceptive, picaresque lens. Carl Phillips writes of these poems: "Ross pitches nothing less than stubborn belief in tenderness and in the patience both to look everywhere for it and to trustingly wait for it ('I would learn rare//and love and want and wait./I had to start at the beginning.') This a debut both tough and tender, the poems of a man who's been made to look away from the world plenty, and has found a way to look steadily back."

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