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Pajamaist, The
Matthew Zapruder
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Pajamaist, The
Matthew Zapruder


As of December 2013: Signed copies available while supplies last.

Matthew Zapruder's second book of poetry comprises long poetic sequences and shorter lyrics. Anchored by the series "Twenty Poems for Noelle," in which the poet engages loss and perseverance in a post-September 11 New York City, The Pajamaist moves from Canada's expansive landscape to the intimate particulars of scientific research on birds, from allusions to indie rock to a homage to a literary progenitor, the late James Merrill. The title poem, a synopsis for an unwritten novel, describes a world in which a "cure" for suffering has been discovered and commodified. Through a wide variety of situations, many recognizable, others derived more from the poet's particular imagination, the poems in The Pajamaist question our contemporary world with a mixture of humor, sensitivity and linguistic innovation.



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William Carlos Williams Award 2007

Library Journal, best poetry of 2006 

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"Charming, melancholy, hip and at times hopeful, the 21 poems in Zapruder's second collection take on personal subjects and meditate on life in cities and towns, friendship, love and the nature of poetry itself."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This collection is smart, ambitious and—for the most part—full of poems that speak to us and make us think."—BOMB, Editors' Choice

"Zapruder's innovative style is provocative in its unusual juxtapositions of line, image and enjambments. A roller coaster of a read, this is highly recommended."—Library Journal

"Like the light in the closet, Zapruder's poems illuminate familiar, unassuming, inconspicuous subjects... What he brings to light comes with its own hidden thoughts that inspire him to reach further into the dark... These poems glow with understanding."—Small Spiral Notebook

"[Zapruder's] subjects are, arguably, the eternal elements of poetry, but the way he addresses them is refreshingly modern... Zapruder's poems don't merely attempt beauty, they attain it."—Boston Review

"Zapruder has not just a deft manner, but an inwardness which is sturdy and generous, a little reminiscent of the James Wright of quite a different era."—Tony Hoagland, Ploughshares 

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