The Twenty-First Century

Jacob Eigen

Forthcoming September 2024

APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner

Chosen by Roger Reeves as the winner of the 2024 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, The Twenty-First Century is a love song to time. Lovers whisper to each other at summer camp. The vizier of an ancient kingdom recalls the pleasures of his youth. A cockroach in the distant future evolves to write poetry of his own. In poems marked by depth, clarity, and invention, Jacob Eigen’s debut collection guides us through a breadth of environments and worlds. Drawing from both fictional and autobiographical material, The Twenty-First Century treats a range of subjects: the joys and terrors of childhood (“Unity,” “Zelda”), music and art (“The Boy in the Jungle,” “The Captain’s Parrot”), desire (“The End of the Long, Miserable Evening”), and love (“Epithalamium”). Through parable-like prose poems and lyric meditations, through simple and plainspoken language, this book circles the mystery of time—the fact that we are here and then gone. How can this be, these poems ask again and again, in a chorus of voices and an array of forms, until the question itself becomes a kind of song.

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ISBN: 9780986093876

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 9798987585221

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About the Author

Jacob Eigen is the author of The Twenty-First Century, selected by Roger Reeves for the 2024 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, Salmagundi, and The Iowa Review. He studied literature and philosophy at Deep Springs College and Yale University and fiction writing at Hunter College. Originally from Brooklyn, he currently lives in Chicago.

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