Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011
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"
river that flows both ways
sweet air flooded
painfullest of mayberries
homily reforested roadfuckd
ottering the mob