Julian T. Brolaski's debut is a linguistic adventure, a series of narratives that blend high and low diction. The result is an inventive queering of language that offers a new urban lexicon, and requires an equally generous lens from its reader. Rodney Koeneke praises this quality, noting "the tongue hasn't sounded this flexed and full since Chaucer."
The poems in this collection attempt to reconcile the toxicity of New York City's waterways with the poet's own search for the pastoral. In "the wildering of manahatta" Brolaski writes
river that flows both ways innumerable porpoises sweet air flooded w/ whippoorwills beauteous algonquinesque painfullest of mayberries homily reforested roadfuckd ottering the mob
This book review originally appeared in American Poets, fall 2011, issue 41.