poem index

book

gowanus atropolis

Year

2011

Type

Poetry Book
gowanus atropolis by Julian T. Brolaski
Printer-friendly version

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.

more books

book
Criticism
Shakespeare's Words
book
Anthology
Good Poems, ed. by Garrison Keillor
book
Anthology
Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry